Storm batters the 'Coast in Melbourne

Five first-half tries to the Melbourne Storm have helped set up a seemingly effortless 44-4 win against the Gold Coast Titans at a blustery Olympic Park in front of 9,400 hardy fans.

The windy conditions somewhat aiding the Titans, with Cameron Smith only converting 4 from 9 in a score line which could have been far worse for the injury-ravaged Coast outfit.

After facing arguably the two toughest away games in the NRL in consecutive weeks, the Titans were gallant early, only letting in a try to dashing winger Steve Turner in the 9th minute, before the flood gates opened and a weight of possession told as the reigning premiers piled on four tries in quick succession to all but seal the visitor