The Melbourne Storm have managed to hold onto to a 32-26 victory at Suncorp Stadium over a late finishing Broncos pack.
The Good Friday clash drew a healthy crowd of 40,071 and they weren't disappointed with the level of Rugby League on display.
The Melbourne Storm gave the Broncos a master class exhibition in the opening 15 minutes with three outstanding tries. The video referee awarded Junior Sa'u's four-pointer after only four minutes as there was no hint at double movement as he charged through the Broncos defence.
Storm star fullback, Billy Slater was on song with a hat trick of tries. His first posted in the 10th minute despite questions asked of the video referee for an obstruction play at the scrum as Sam Thaiday was denied a chance to defend.
Five minutes later, Slater was in the action again, this time scoring a completely legal try. Cameron Smith laid the foundation with a short grubber kick through the defence for Slater to dive on. After 15 minutes, the Storm ahead 14-0 over the Broncos.
The video referee was kept busy throughout the night as the Broncos crossed for their first four-pointer with 10 minutes until the half time break. Josh Hoffman was awarded the try with questions on whether he successfully grounded the ball.
The Storm didn't take long to reply with their own try heading into the break as Matt Duffie raced down the right hand touchline thanks to a well-crafted Storm set play which started from a Cooper Cronk chip-kick.
At half time the Storm leaders of the Broncos, 20-6.
The second forty minutes was dominated by the Broncos as they attempted to make up for a poor first half.
Josh Hoffman managed to cross the line twice, the first only three minutes after the break as crashed over the goal line. Jack Reed backed up the points with his own four-pointer, two minutes later as Josh Hoffman provided the try assist for Reed to stretch out for the whitewash. 45 minutes gone and the Broncos quickly closing the gap to 20-18.
The Broncos weren't finished with their new found attack which saw them take the lead with 25 minutes on the clock. Fullback, Josh Hoffman posted his third try as he managed to twist his body around the corner and plant the ball down. The Broncos, leaders 22-20.
However, the hope of a victory was all but dashed as the Storm surged back into the lead with tries to Billy Slater and Matt Duffie tries inside five minutes. The Storm charged ahead 32-22 with 15 minutes to play as Cooper Cronk showed his class having a hand in the lead up to both tries.
Bronco, Alex Glenn provided the strong home crowd some last minute hope but it was too little, too late for the Broncos as they scored the final points in the 72nd minute. The Storm class of the first half was too much for the Brisbane Broncos to overcome as they claimed two premiership points, winning 32-26.
Next week the Broncos travel south to the Gold Coast as the Titans open Skilled Park to do battle with their big brothers. Meanwhile the Storm return home to AAMI Park as they will look to make it five-straight victories coming up against the troubled Wests Tigers.