The Melbourne Storm put on a clinic in the first half of their clash with the Roosters on Thursday night.
Both sides were guilty of some sloppy handling in the opening exchanges, but the Storm well and truly blew the contest open from midway through the stanza.
Craig Bellamy’s side ran in four tries in the space of 12 minutes to go to the break on the right end of a 30-0 scoreline.
Melbourne proved especially prolific down the left, with winger Josh Addo-Carr bagging a first half double and second-rower Kenny Bromwich also getting in on the action on Cam Munster’s side of the park.
The first try of the night was perhaps Melbourne’s most impressive.
Facing scrutiny for modest Origin performances and questionable tactics in the ruck over the past month, Storm five-eighth Munster put a kick deep down the left side from inside his own half.
It was only the second tackle of the set, but the moustachioed Maroon spied an opening, and Josh Addo-Carr cleaned up the footy to slide over for a beautiful long-range try.
Heading into the sheds, the Storm look ready to break the record for their biggest ever win over the Roosters (46-0 in 2016) and their biggest margin in Newcastle (32 points in 2017).
The Storm have made a habit of monstering teams early in clashes of late — they’ve outscored their opponents 88-2 across their last three first halves.
For the Roosters, the halftime score continued a worrying trend — it was the fourth time this season the Tricolours have found themselves on the wrong end of a 30+ scoreline.
It was the side’s biggest halftime deficit since 2001.
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“It is one way traffic, it’s all Melbourne,” said Fox League’s Warren Smith shortly before halftime.
“They’re getting blown off the park at the moment, the Sydney Roosters,” added 2016 Premiership-winner Michael Ennis.
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