Origin reject Josh Reynolds was a standout this afternoon as the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs trounced the Melbourne Storm 39-0 in front of 16,406 fans.
Reynolds was not the only player who starred for the Bulldogs with fullback Ben Barba and centre Krisnan Inu also playing a hand.
A Reynolds 40/20 in only the tenth minute of the game saw the Bulldogs right on the attack and Inu was instrumental as he created a try for his winger Sam Perrett.
The Bulldogs absolutely dominated the metres battle as the game progressed and it translated into tries to Mitch Brown in the 25th minute and Tim Lafai in the final seconds of the half.
Frustratingly, Trent Hodkinson failed to convert a single try in the first half resulting in a kind scoreline for the Storm at the end of the half.
Sam Perrett claimed his second try early in the second half just as the Storm were looking dangerous. The Bulldogs' winger intercepted a pass on his own 20 metre line, running 80 metres to score. Hodkinson converted from in front.
Tony Williams scored a try only five minutes later in the 53rd minute when he muscled his way under the posts. Hodkinson added the extras again.
Mitch Brown scored his second on the back of the Williams try before Perrett claimed his hat-trick in the 65th minute. Ben Barba then showcased his talent in the 75 minute when he made a 40 metre line break before offloading to Reynolds and backing up to score himself under the posts.
With a few seconds to go and 38-point-lead Hodkinson decided it was as good a time as any to kick a field goal, leaving the final score at 39-0.
Both sides will enjoy a bye next week coming off Wednesday's State of Origin match - the Bulldogs then host Parramatta on Friday week, while the Storm have the fortnight to gear up for a trans-Tasman trip to face the Warriors in Auckland on Sunday 28 July.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 39 Melbourne Storm 0
Venue: Stadium Australia
Halftime Score: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Josh Reynolds
2 points - Ben Barba
1 point - Krisnan Inu
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (39)
Tries: Sam Perrett (3), Mitch Brown (2), Timoteo Lafai, Tony Williams, Ben Barba
Field Goals: Trent Hodkinson (1/1)
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (3/8)
MELBOURNE STORM (0)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 14. Dene Halatau 15. Josh Jackson 16. James Graham 17. Dale Finucane 20. Tim Browne 21. Martin Taupau
1. Justin O'Neill 2. Sisa Waqa 3. Will Chambers 4. Maurice Blair 5. Mahe Fonua 6. Brett Finch 7. Ben Hampton 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Ryan Hinchcliffe 10. Bryan Norrie 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Tohu Harris 13. Slade Griffin
Interchange: 14. Jordan McLean 15. Junior Moors 16. Siosaia Vave 17. Mitch Garbutt 18. Junior Sa'u 19. Tim Glasby
TRY! The Bulldogs spread it out wide through Reynolds and Graham who finds Krisnan Inu, Inu offloads to Perrett who scores. Hodkinson fails to convert.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 4-0
TRY! Mitch Brown scores the Bulldogs' second. Hodkinson fails to convert.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 8-0
Jordan McLean makes an unforced error.
Jordan McLean loses the ball on his own 40, the Bulldogs will get another shot at the tryline.
Scored by Timoteo Lafai. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.
TRY! Timoteo Lafai is not denied this time. Hodkinson fails to convert again and that will be all the action for the first half.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12-0
Sam Perrett makes an unforced error.
Perrett knocks the ball on a few metres from his line and the Storm will get six again.
Ben Barba makes an unforced error.
Barba knocks on trying to clean the ball up and the Storm will get another six.
Scored by Sam Perrett. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
TRY! Sam Perrett intercepts a Ben Hampton cut out pass and races 80 metres to score under the posts. Hodkinson adds the extras.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18-0
Scored by Tony Williams. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
TRY! Tony Williams muscles his way over the tryline after Hodkinson drew in some defenders before unloading to the huge back rower. Hodkinson converts from in front.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24-0
Scored by Mitch Brown. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.
TRY! Tim Lafai makes a break down the left touch line and offloads to Mitch Brown who goes over in the corner for his second. Hodkinson misses another conversion.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 28-0
Scored by Sam Perrett. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.
TRY! The Bulldogs spread it out wide and Inu throws a wonderful flick pass to Sam Perrett who scores in the corner. Hodkinson fails to convert.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 32-0
Mahe Fonua makes an unforced error.
No try! Fonua loses the ball over the try line.
Scored by Ben Barba. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
TRY! Ben Barba scores under the posts after slicing through the Melbourne defence on his own 30. Hodkinson converts the try.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 38-0