Many would have expected the Melbourne Storm to win but perhaps not by such a margin, as they blew the Sydney Roosters off the park with a comfortable 46-0 win.
Several records were broken by the Storm in the win, as they recorded their biggest ever win over the Roosters and held them scoreless in a game for the first time.
Despite the late omission of five-eighth Blake Green due to a calf injury and a subsequent change, it did not affect the Storm’s creative and attacking flair.
Whilst the Storm were clinical in attack as the score-line suggests, the Roosters were the exact opposite.
Despite numerous chances to score and change the outcome of the game, they faltered and cost themselves the chance to put points on the board.
Every Storm player stood up and made themselves known, especially young fullback Cam Munster, who continues to impress in the absence of Billy Slater.
Scoring a try, setting them up and getting involved, Munster was a key player in the win, linking up well with his team-mates.
Fijian winger Suliasi Vunivalu scored his first career hat-trick, as he continues a remarkable entry into first-grade.
The onslaught continued as tries galore by the Storm kept the scorers and score attendant busy.
In the end, it was a total obliteration by the Storm and the Roosters were unfortunate to be on the end of it.
Robinson was critical of his side, lamenting their missed opportunities.
“There were probably three opportunities that we had in the game. And that’s all you’re going to get against Melbourne. If you don’t take those opportunities, it’s going to be tough,” Robinson said.
“We had three genuine opportunities and we didn’t take one of them and that makes it really hard.
“The start of the game was a pretty normal physical start and as soon as they got an opportunity they took it. They took the second one and they took the third and it ends up 18-nil at half-time.”
Interestingly, despite their big win and run of form, the bookmakers still do not place the Storm as high as other teams but coach Bellamy is not fazed by that.
“At the end of the day it doesn’t worry me what people say about us, whether it’s good, bad or indifferent,” Bellamy said after his side’s crushing win.
“We know what we’re about within the club.
“Sometimes we think we should be getting more praise, but sometimes we should probably be getting a bit more of a whack over the head.”
Player of the Game:
3. Cam Munster
2. Ryan Morgan
1. Cooper Cronk
Melbourne Storm 46 (Suliasi Vunivalu 3, Cooper Cronk 2, Kevin Proctor, Cheyse Blair, Cameron Munster tries; Cameron Smith 7 goals) defeated Sydney Roosters 0 at Allianz Stadium. Half-time: 18-0 Storm. Crowd: 8,499.