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Old Apr 2nd 2005, 11:47 am
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Storm crush Broncos 50-4

2 April 2005


Melbourne have ripped apart the Brisbane defence to score 10 tries and post a crushing record 50-4 win over the Broncos in their NRL match at Olympic Park.

The Storm surged to a 20 point halftime lead on the back of five tries - including a double each by centre Matt King and winger Matt Geyer - and then scuttled any chance of a Brisbane fightback with a further five tries in the second half.

Electric fullback Billy Slater also crossed in each half, boosting his tally to seven in the first four rounds of the competition to lead the tryscorers' list.

Saturday's loss was Brisbane's worst on record, eclipsing a 44-0 drubbing by Newcastle in 2001.

It would have been larger if Melbourne's goal-kickers Matt Orford and Cameron Smith were on target.

The scoreline equalled Melbourne's seventh biggest win.

Melbourne missed 41 tackles in their surprise loss to Manly last round, but its extra defensive work this week paid off as it shut down Brisbane's usually brilliant attack, led by Darren Lockyer.

Five-eighth Lockyer posted the Broncos' only try of the match but it came through a wayward pass from Slater, which landed in his waiting arms, rather than any planned attacking raid.

While Melbourne's defence was a highlight, Brisbane was at best lazy, although it was forced to play much of the match in its own half.

With in-form halfback Orford leading the charge, the Broncos were regularly caught short out wide or the Storm players found holes up the middle to run riot.

Melbourne winger Jake Webster was another to collect two tries, while second rower Ryan Hoffman was one of the Storm's best and was rewarded with a try, as was centre Steve Bell.
 
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Good on the Storm, 3 out 4 is a good start to the season.
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