Four tries in eleven minutes were all it took for Ryan Papenhuyzen to guide the Melbourne Storm to victory over the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park.
The dominant 40-6 win had the rugby league world talking, with Papenhuyzen’s blitz the focal point.
Papenhuyzen equalled the club record for most tries in a game among the likes of Billy Slater, Matt Geyer and several others.
Surprisingly, it would be the Brisbane Broncos who opened the scoring.
Off a Storm error in the Broncos half, Tom Dearden would tap the ball onto Xavier Coates who ran away to score.
That would be the only time the Broncos scored, though, as Papenhuyzen’s tries in the 26th, 30th, 34th and 37th minutes put the game to bed.
Whether he was set up by a slick left-side raid by Josh Addo-Carr, Jahrome Hughes busting through on the right or Nelson Asofa Solomona’s offload, it was the Papenhuyzen show.
With the club scoring record under threat, Papenhuyzen would remain tryless in the second half.
Instead, it was George Jennings who would score the first of his two tries in the second half.
The Broncos allowed the ball to bounce and Storm back-rower Tom Eisenhuth was there to grab it, before passing to Jennings to score.
Jennings would have his second soon after and it was Papenhuyzen who was the provider with a floater across for the winger.
Sports combined for the Storm’s final try of the night, as Cam Munster soccered the ball twice to dive on it and score.
In his 100th game, Josh Addo-Carr would slot the final points of the game via a penalty goal.
NRL News Player of the Game
3. Ryan Papenhuyzen (MEL)
2. Nelson Asofa-Solomona (MEL)
1. Jahrome Hughes (MEL)