Melbourne have produced a typical Storm display tonight to put away Brisbane 32 points to 0 in front of 16,828 fans at AAMI Park tonight.
Coming into tonight both sides were on a run of outs and looking to reverse that. Melbourne started the night the way they intended to go on, Jesse Bromwich steaming onto a Cameron Smith pass and side stepped Norman to cross after four minutes.
If Cameron Smith was the architect for the first try, the second member of the big three - Cooper Cronk was for the second try. He laid a pinpoint kick on for Justin O'Neill to outleap Maranta to plant the ball down.
Melbourne were rolling through their game plan putting pressure on the Broncos while the away side were wasteful in their chances in the opening half with Matt Gillett spilling one right on halftime.
A tight affair but the experience combined with the class of the Storm halves was shining through. Brisbane were crossing the line with ease but couldn't plant it down for the four pointer.
Once again, Cameron Smith took it to the line, finding Ryan Hinchcliffe and sending the lock away for the third try. After a flat spot in the previous two weeks, Melbourne had found that spark for their attack.
They kicked away in the final twenty after repelling the Broncos once again. Sisa Waqa finishing off a backline movement with aplomb to make it 22-0 and goodnight Broncos.
Maurice Blair added a brace in the 72nd and 79th minute off two relatively simple efforts to blow the scoreline out towards the finish, making it a comfortable 32-0 win.
Melbourne Storm 32 Brisbane Broncos 0
Venue: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Halftime Score: Melbourne Storm 12-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Cameron Smith
2 points - Cooper Cronk
1 point - Billy Slater
MELBOURNE STORM (32)
Tries: Jesse Bromwich, Justin O'Neill, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Sisa Waqa, Maurice Blair (2)
Conversions: Cameron Smith (4/6)
BRISBANE BRONCOS (0)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 14. Jordan McLean 15. Tohu Harris 16. Siosaia Vave 17. Slade Griffin 18. Junior Moors 19. Tim Glasby 20. Ben Hampton
1. Corey Norman 2. Josh Hoffman 3. Jack Reed 4. Justin Hodges 5. Lachlan Maranta 6. Scott Prince 7. Peter Wallace 8. Josh McGuire 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Sam Thaiday 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker
Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt 15. David Hala 16. Mitchell Dodds 17. Corey Oates
MEL :: No changes for the reigning premiers who are 1-17.
BRI :: A slightly shocking selection for the Broncos as teenager Corey Oates is IN replacing Dunamis Lui on the bench.
Scored by Jesse Bromwich. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.
A simple dart from Smith from the play the ball gets to Bromwich who puts on the footwork and finds his way through and goes all the way to score! Smith converts.
Melbourne Storm 6-0
Scored by Justin O'Neill. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.
The radar is on for Cooper Cronk tonight! He stabs a kick to the winger and Justin O'Neill out-jumps Maranta to plant it down! Cameron Smith from close to the sideline, converts.
Melbourne Storm 12-0
Cameron Smith the architect there.. goes himself and finds Ryan Hinchcliffe who bounces away from the winger and scores! Smith pilots it over.
Melbourne Storm 18-0
Scored by Sisa Waqa. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.
Storm showing the Broncos how to finish tonight. Storm swing it out to their backline and Waqa finished off the effort with aplomb. Smith with the conversion misses.
Melbourne Storm 22-0
Scored by Maurice Blair. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.
Another great take from Justin O'Neill and he plants it down to complete the rout! Smith converts.
Melbourne Storm 28-0
Scored by Maurice Blair. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.
Justin Hodges is trying his butt off tonight and throws a ball that is knocked on allowing Maurice Blair to run the required distance to go in for a TRY. Smith's kick is waved away.
Melbourne Storm 32-0