The Melbourne Storm of old were on show tonight and made the in-form Brisbane Broncos look like a reserve grade team, as the Craig Bellamy coached Storm romped home 48-4 at Olympic Park.
The Storm had a field day as they touched down for 9 tries to the Broncos lone effort, the win continuing a hoodoo for the Broncos at Olympic Park dating back to 2003.
The unavailability of lynch-pin Darren Lockyer was a obviously a huge blow to Brisbane with the veteran unable to recover from State of Origin in time.
Former Eels rake PJ Marsh called up as the Broncos five-eighth.
Without Justin Hodges in the centres, the younger Broncos were showed up several times on the fringes and struggled to stop the Storm raids and had no counter attacking answer to the locals as they found top gear.
While the usual suspects including Greg Inglis were at their best for the Storm, it was young rookie Joseph Tomane who shone as yet another potential star for the Melbourne club..
The 19-year-old bagged a triple, with Inglis involved for the try assist on several occasions.
Tomane also nailed 6 from 9 with the boot to bag 24 points in total for the night.