The scoreline will read 50-0 in favour of the Melbourne Storm against the South Sydney Rabbitohs but one player is on everyone’s tongues. Josh Addo-Carr.
The man nicknamed ‘the Fox’ became the first player in 71 years to score six tries in a single rugby league match.
The last player to do so was Newtown’s Jack Troy back in 1950.
Addo-Carr also became the first Storm player to score at least five tries in a single game.
After weathering some early pressure from the Rabbitohs, it would be the Storm who score first through Addo-Carr.
Justin Olam grubbered ahead and there was too much speed from the NSW winger as he got to the ball first and grounded it.
It was not long before Addo-Carr had a second, as he found himself on the inside of Nicho Hynes who made the initial break.
The Storm’s left edge in attack was proving lethal to the point where the Rabbitohs just had no answers.
Cam Munster put Harry Grant through a huge hole and although the hooker didn’t have the legs to go all the way, Addo-Carr was there waiting for his third.
Munster then showed his guile once again, stripping Damien Cook of the ball before finding Jahrome Hughes who coasted away to score.
By this point, after 30 minutes, the Storm were leading 20-0 following Munster’s conversion.
Not content just yet, some quick hands down the left once again from Nicho Hynes saw Addo-Carr score his fourth try in the first half.
Brandon Smith would then get his name on the scoresheet when he scooped the ball up from dummy half and flew past the Rabbitohs defensive line.
The right edge would finally get some love in the second half as Jahrome Hughes floated out a pass for George Jennings to score his first.
Jennings was in again not long after as another lofted pass saw the winger shimmy and jink his way past a defender to score his second.
Melbourne still had more in the tank despite leading 40-0 and Addo-Carr’s night was not complete just yet.
Munster found Olam who showed his quick hands to find Addo-Carr for his fifth try.
Olam and Addo-Carr showed their lethal nature yet again, as Addo-Carr, remarkably, nabbed his sixth try.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy was pleased by Addo-Carr’s feats.
“I’m really happy for him,” Bellamy said.
“I’m pretty sure that’s a club record; it’s great for him and the whole team.
“There’s a lot of work done before Josh can use his pace to get into the corner so it was pretty good to see him do that.”
On top of that, Bellamy praised his side for what he described as their best game of the season.
“The thing I was real happy about, we sort of put it on them after half-time, I don’t really think we’ve put a good consistent 80 minutes together this year,” Bellamy continued.
“We’ve been probably had a couple of good halves whether it’s first half or second half, we’ve had a couple of games we’ve been pretty good for 60 minutes but not 80.”
Wayne Bennett is a sharpshooter and rarely misses and the Rabbitohs coach said he felt that a result like this was coming.
“We probably got what we deserved,” Bennett said.
“We’ve been heading that way in the last couple of weeks and managed to pull games out of the fire but they’re too good for that, Melbourne.
“That’s what I was on about last week in Canberra, it just got worse tonight against a really quality team.”
NRL News Player of the Game
3. Josh Addo-Carr (MEL)
2. Cam Munster (MEL)
1. Justin Olam (MEL)