With the Storm’s big three all playing, you would expect one of them to be the players that stand out the most, but this was not to be – with unsung lock forward Todd Lowrie putting in a man of the match performance in his 50th game for the Melbourne Storm, scoring 2 tries.
Lowrie, who had previous stints with both the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels, will also play in his 150th career NRL game next week.
With Lowrie’s man of the match performance, both Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater also had stellar games, as the Storm were far too good for the Broncos – with their clinical performance moving them 6 points clear, after the 36-10 win.
With the Broncos resting some of their stars in Justin Hodges, Sam Thaiday and Petero Civoniceva, the Storm’s Origin players played in the game, and it proved telling, as the Storm overwhelmed the Broncos in the entire game.
To make matters worse for the Broncos, their young interchange prop in David Hala, suffered a potential season-ending knee injury, in only his first game back in a return from injury.
The performance was one that did not please Broncos coach Anthony Griffin, in any shape or form.
“It was easily our worst performance of the year,” Griffin said.
“We were very poor.
“We didn’t have any real ethic in anything we did in attack or defence and the opposition made us pay.”
On the other hand, Storm coach Craig Bellamy was pleased at the way his side played and was pleased with the performance over 80 minutes.
“It’s the best we’ve played in a month,” Bellamy said.
“I know we scored 30 something points but we defended well tonight.
“Our performance was really good when you consider our three playmakers played Origin only 48 hours ago.”