The Melbourne Storm have shown why they shouldn’t be forgotten as premiership contenders after a 68-4 annilhation of the Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium.
The first half began really well for the Storm with some early attacking pressure that the Storm were mounting on the Raiders and after the initial rejection by the Video Referees, the Storm persisted and they were able to cross again through Sisa Waqa.
The reply from the Raiders was almost instant after Anthony Milford managed to find touch with a wonky kick off. From the ensuing scrum, a Melbourne-like set play saw the score come back within two points.
That was the closest the Raiders came in the match from there on it was all Melbourne. However it wasn’t all good news for the Storm with centre Maurice Blair having to be stretchered off after an awkward landing in a tackle putting massive pressure on his neck.
Other than that, it was Mahe Fonua who became the star of the show having scored a try, then with some brilliant play to throw the ball back from well past the dead ball line into the hands of Will Chambers and then soon after came up with a try saver on Sandor Earl, which was then followed up with yet another try for Mahe.
From there Billy Slater and Kevin Proctor were able to score from close range to push the lead out to 32-4 at the Halftime break.
The start of the second half needed to be good for the Raiders; however that was far from the case with the Storm managing to score through their own superman Mahe Fonua, who brought up his hat trick.
The Raiders then managed to create some pressure in attack off consecutive penalties, however it was the Storm who scored from the pressure as Will Chambers raced 90m to score and push the score over the half century mark.
From there on tries seemed to flow much easier for the Storm, with tries to Billy Slater, Tohu Harris then two quick tries to Sisa Waqa to bring up his hat trick pushed the lead out to 68-4.
Next week the Storm will be looking to capitalise on their big win with a big match down at AAMI Park against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, while the Canberra Raiders will be looking to erase this loss from their memories with a very tough match against the Sydney Roosters next Saturday night.