Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
Fulltime score: Round 4 Storm 50 v Broncos 4
Match summary: A one-sided affair in Melbourne tonight saw the home side absolutely steam roll the Brisbane Broncos to their biggest ever defeat by the Storm, 50-4, in front of a very happy Melbourne crowd.
Right from the start of the match the Storm made their intentions very clear with King in the centres, scoring in the 3rd minute. Apart from an error by Slater allowing Lockyer to score a solitary Broncos try against the run of play, the Storm had the monopoly on the scoreboard.
A superb effort by Melbourne both on attack and defence gave the Brisbane side absolutely no show of getting into the match. Matt Geyer notched up 500 NRL points tonight with his 2 tries. Slater, King and Webster also scoring doubles in a 10 try scoring blitz. The Storm back line continuously dangerous as their forward laid the foundations.
The Broncos suffered all night with missed tackles and continual offloads for the Storm and never looked like having a show at all against the continual wave of attack by the Storm.
0 min: Kick off at a windy Olympic Park, the Storm kicking into the wind in the first half
3rd min: TRY - STORM The same as a week earlier, Melbourne score in their first set of six. A bust through by Kidwell sets up Orford to kick out to his flying centre King, who scores out wide. Orford misses a tricky kick. Storm 4-0
8th min: TRY - BRONCOS A kick return by Slater (Storm) goes horribly wrong as he is seemingly hit high and tries to offload. Unfortunately for him, Lockyer catches the offload and sprints to the line unopposed. Lockyer fails to convert his own try. 4-4
11th min: TRY - STORM An initial break by Bell from dummy half has Geyer flying for the line but tackled well, after a good 50 metres gain. Two sets of tackles sets up a long pass out to Geyer who scores in the corner. Orford once again misses a tough kick. Storm 8-4
15th min: TRY - STORM The Broncos defence in disarray with King busting through a Hunt tackle to run 60 metres and score his second try. Orford from out in font converts. Storm 14-4
16th min: NEWS - The Storm looked to score another try with Webster flying down the sideline, however a 1 on 1 strip by Barry Berrigan halts a dangerous situation for the Broncos
22nd min: TRY - STORM Geyer scores his second of the evening after the two Storm back rowers, Hoffman and Johnson set up Geyer nicely down his wing. Orford from the sideline, kicks a beauty scraping the ball over the crossbar. Storm 20-4
28th min: NEWS - The Broncos very dangerous close to their line, running some typical attacking angles. The Storm's scrambling defence superb with Smith making a try saving tackle on Bott out wide. Geyer (Storm) breaks away down his side once again only to fumble the ball in a certain try scoring position. Score remains 20-4 to the Storm
32nd min: NEWS - Almost an action replay for Bott (Broncos) as he is pushed across the sideline just before the corner post, once again denying the youngster a try. This coming on the back of two quick penalties for the Broncos close to their line. Top defence by the home side.
37th min: TRY - STORM The Storm are on fire tonight, the whole side enthusiastic and blowing the Broncos defence apart. A hole a mile wide opens up for Slater who scores unopposed. Orford misses the conversion. Storm 24-4
Halftime: The offloading spot on by the Storm causing strife for the shell shocked Broncos. The home side lead at the break by 24-4.
Second half underway, a mistake by Melbourne at the kick off sets up the Broncos for a goal line dropout
44th min: NEWS - Two line dropouts for the Broncos straight after the break. Hot on attack, an incorrect play of the ball gives the Storm a penalty and relief from the attack. Storm lead 24-4
47th min: TRY - STORM A hit on Thorn (Broncos) 20 metres out from the Storm line forces the error and gives the Storm every opportunity to score which they take with glee. Hoffman steaming onto an Orford inside pass gets a deserved try. Orford converts. Storm 30-4
NEWS - Fifty minutes into the game and the Storm make just their fourth interchange in the match
52nd min: NEWS - A break by Slater with only Hunt to beat. A little chip by Slater is knocked on by Hunt on his second try at the ball and the Broncos are heavy on defence once again.
58th min: TRY - STORM Missed tackles are killing the Broncos with Lockyer and Tate allowing King to bust their line and put a flying Slater in for his second try of the night. Orford converts another. Storm 36-4
59th min: NEWS - 40/20 TO Orford (Storm) right by the corner post
61st min: TRY - STORM The flying backs from the Storm are having fun. This time quick ball right along the Storm attack, and Webster scores out wide. Smith from the sideline, misses the conversion. Storm 40-4
68th min: TRY - STORM Bell not to be outdone by the other backs, dives across the line following an offload by Kidwell close to the line. Smith misses another conversion. Storm 44-4
70th min: TRY - STORM The Broncos defence is blown wide open yet again tonight, this time by Kidwell who had a number of players to pass to. In the end Webster crosses the line for the 4 pointer. Smith nails his first conversion of the night. Storm 50-4
75th min: NEWS - The Broncos have nothing going right for them tonight. Even with penalties going their way, they cannot gel enough to take advantage of them
FULLTIME: Outstanding effort by the Storm to hand the Broncos their biggest effort defeat by the Melbourne side. The whole Storm side stepped up and deserve the accolades that will come their way. Final score 50-4 to the Storm over the Broncos. H/T 24-4
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - R Hoffman (Storm) 2 - M King (Storm) 1 - M Orford (Storm) -----------------------------------------