A second half master class from Cameron Smith and Cameron Munster led the Melbourne Storm to a 46 – 8 win over the hapless Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.
A half time score line of 14-8 was a testament to a Broncos side hanging tough.
But the Broncos couldn’t contain the Storm in the second half.
The Storm were heavy favourites heading into the Round 11 match with the Broncos.
The favouritism with punters proved true when Josh Addo-Carr scored within the first 2 minutes of the game.
A deft Cameron Smith grubber which was kicked ahead by Kenny Bromwich resulted in an early try to the Storm. Smith converted the try.
The Broncos were next to score when Thomas Dearden, Anthony Milford and Darius Boyd combined to put Herbie Farnworth over.
Staggs kicked the conversion to level the scores at 6 – 6.
The Broncos took the lead moments later when Staggs kicked the penalty goal.
Smith responded with a Storm penalty 10 minutes later.
The Storm took the lead just before half time when Jahrome Hughes took advantage from some poor defence from Jamil Hopoate to bust the line open and score under the posts.
The Melbourne side took a 14-8 lead into half time.
The Storm picked up where they left off in the second half sealing a dominant win with a six try blitz.
Kenny Bromwich scored within minutes of the halftime when a Brodie Croft error gave the Storm perfect field position after Addo-Carr kicked the loose ball ahead and ran 60 meters.
Gold Coast bound Tino Fa’asuamaleaui was next to score after running right over the top of Broncos captain Alex Glenn off a Cameron Smith pass.
Ryan Papenhuyzen then took advantage of a Munster offload to bust through three defenders and score a try that looked to put the game out of reach for a struggling Broncos side.
Hughes, Fa’asuamaleaui and Addo-Carr all scored doubles as the Storm ran away with the game.
Hughes delivered a beautiful long ball to put Papenhuyzen on the outside of the defence.
He then chased hard in support to take a brilliant inside ball to cross over untouched.
Addo-Carr was also able to cross over untouched when a wobbly long ball from Munster found him wide open on the flank.
Fa’asuamaleaui scored the final try of the game off some broken play.
The rushing Broncos defence caused the ball to go to ground.
Cameron Smith scooped it up and ran down the short side putting Fa’asuamaleaui over with an inside ball.
Another heavy defend piles more pressure on Anthony Seibold.
It was revealed earlier in the week that the club would review his performance as head coach at the end of the season.
Seibold wasn’t happy with the second half fade out but commented that there were positive signs in the first half.
“It was a really good first half and that is as good as we have been since the resumption after COVID.
“That is what makes it really disappointing how the scoreline got away from us in the second half.”
The Broncos face the Sharks in the next round while the Storm go on to play the Knights.
NRL News player of the game
3 – Cameron Munster
2 – Cameron Smith
1- Jarome Hughes