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Ruthless Storm hand Broncos reality check

And it stretched their unbeaten run in Brisbane against the marquee Queensland club to nine matches across 10 years.

Rampant: Ryan Papenhuyzen (centre) celebrates scoring a try with Storm teammates.

Rampant: Ryan Papenhuyzen (centre) celebrates scoring a try with Storm teammates.Credit:AAP

It was a masterclass from the ladder leaders against a Brisbane team missing veteran Matt Gillett (back), wrecking ball Tevita Pangai (suspended) and featuring five players aged 20 or younger.

Brisbane had moved to eighth after an unbeaten month but that momentum evaporated when Kotoni Staggs twice kicked the ball dead from restarts in the first half.

The Storm launched raid after raid down the Broncos’ right edge, as hooker-turned-halfback Jake Turpin and 19-year-old forward Payne Haas were made to front up in defence.

Melbourne had early success when Josh Addo-Carr raced down that flank for the game’s first try, with Brisbane holding out for the next 20 minutes before Christian Welch and Kenny Bromwich barged over.

Brisbane managed just one line break to Melbourne’s 11 and were allowed just 40 per cent of the ball as Smith and Cameron Munster’s precision kicking was matched by their teammates’ chase.


Storm fullback Jahrome Hughes shrugged off Darius Boyd’s tackle to start the second half, with his converted try effectively killing the contest with nearly 40 minutes still to play.

A second try to Bromwich, plus one to Smith and another to Ryan Papenhuyzen had punters flicking through the record books before Staggs latched onto a James Segeyaro offload to break the Broncos’ duck with eight minutes to play.

MELBOURNE 40 (K Bromwich 2 J Addo-Carr J Hughes R Papenhuyzen C Smith C Welch tries C Smith 6 goals) bt BRISBANE 4 (K Staggs try) at Suncorp Stadium. Referees: Gerard Sutton, Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski. Crowd: 36,049.


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