Melbourne Storm have romped in nine tries to thrash the South Sydney Rabbitohs 50-4 at Olympic Park tonight.
Despite having plenty of opportunities, Souths struggled in the first half and at half time it 26-0. For all intents and purposes, was looking like a long night for the Rabbitohs.
The Storm took full advantage of the lack of urgency from their opponents to rack up a half century.
For the Storm, replacement Jake Webster scored a hat trick of tries while Danny Williams scored a double in his 200th career game.
STORM 50 Tries: Webster 3, Williams 2, Kidwell, Orford, C Smith, Cooper Goals: C Smith 4/5, Orford 1/2, D Williams 1/1 defeated RABBITOHS 4 Tries: Hookey Goals: 0/1
Olympic Park Melbourne Referee: Steve Lyons Video Referee: Chris Ward. Touch Judges: Jeff Younis, Peter Sciberras
By the clock: 0 min: Kickoff!
8 min: TRY - Storm. Jake Webster scores his first try in first grade. Conversion Cameron Smith. Storm 6-0
18 min: TRY - Storm. David Kidwell scores following Scott Hill bomb. Conversion Smith. Storm 12-0
26 min: TRY - Storm. Webster gets a double. Follows Souths having seven consecutive sets of six at the Storm line. Matt King then made a break for the Storm for Webster to score. Conversion Matt Orford. Storm 18-0
37 min: TRY - Storm. Matt Orford scores following Webster chip ahead. Conversion Orford unsuccessful. Storm 22-0
39 min: NO TRY - Souths try disallowed. Glenn Hall denied after obstruction is ruled against team mate Justin Smith.
HALF TIME: Storm dominating and its looking like a long night for Souths.
Second half underway...
42 min: TRY - Storm. Danny Williams scores. Conversion unsuccessful. Storm 26-0
48 min: TRY - Storm. Cameron Smith scores. Conversion Smith. Storm 32-0
55 min: TRY - Storm. Danny Williams gets a double. Conversion Smith. Storm 38-0
65 min: TRY - Storm. Webster gets a hat trick. Conversion Smith. Storm 44-0
68 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Lee Hookey scores and Souths are finally able to trouble the scoreboard attendants. Conversion unsuccessful. Storm 44-4
72 min: TRY - Storm. Dustin Cooper scores, Danny Williams converts. Storm hit the half century. 50-4
FULL TIME: Hooter puts the Rabbitohs out of their misery.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - M Kearns (Storm) 2 - M Orford (Storm) 1 - D Williams (Storm) -----------------------------------------Like