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Melbourne were embroiled in another chicken wing controversy tonight with prop Adam Blair placed on report during the 28-8 NRL victory over Brisbane at Olympic Park.
Blair was booked by referee Jared Maxwell after pinning and twisting the left arm of Bronco Michael Ennis in a tackle midway through the second half.
It came less than 24 hours after Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy insisted that the Storm players were not taught to use the wrenching technique, which has been dubbed the chicken wing.
Winger Anthony Quinn scored a hat-trick of tries for the Storm as the Broncos lost the league's only perfect record after starting 2008 with three straight wins.
With Queensland coach Mal Meninga watching from the stands, Melbourne fullback Billy Slater made another bid for a Maroons recall with a flawless display.
Slater set up the Storm's first try for Quinn with a perfectly timed wrap-around pass in the eighth minute and had a hand in many of the home side's best attacking moves.
Melbourne went 12-4 ahead in the 20th minute when Bronco-to-be Israel Folau outjumped Denan Kemp to claim a Cooper Cronk bomb.
Winger Reece Robinson finally got the Broncos on the scoreboard with a four-pointer in the 31st minute.
But Melbourne went to the interval leading 18-4 after Robinson made a hash of another Cronk bomb, allowing Ryan Hoffman to score.
Brisbane captain Darren Lockyer, who started on the bench in his first match back from a knee injury, got his team back into the contest by setting David Stagg up for a try in the right-hand corner five minutes after the Blair incident.
Quinn iced the match for the Storm with near-identical tries in the left-hand corner in the 67th and 73rd minutes, with centre Will Chambers supplying the final pass on both occasions.
Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith had a great night with the boot, converting four of the Storm's five tries, while Ennis was nought-from-two for Brisbane.
The comprehensive victory meant Melbourne had now outscored Brisbane 142-22 in their last five matches at Olympic Park.
Melbourne welcomed back lucky charm Michael Crocker (shoulder) for his first match since the Centenary Test against New Zealand last October.
The Storm have won all 24 of their matches when Crocker has been in the lineup.