Storm put 60 on Broncos in NRL statement

A Harry Grant masterclass took Melbourne’s dominance of Brisbane to historic levels and left the Broncos’ NRL aspirations in disarray.

Storm’s hooker scored once and set two in a 60-12 win – their biggest win against Brisbane and the second time the club has conceded 60 points – Friday night in front of 42,612 people at Suncorp Stadium .

Grant slashed the center while left center Justin Olam (two tries) and prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona (one try, 177 yards from 17 carries), playing on the right edge, tormented the sidelines.

Melbourne have won their last 12 games against Brisbane and have not lost to them at Suncorp Stadium since 2009.

The record win also ensured that Storms were only the second team in Premiership history to beat the same team in double figures in 11 consecutive games.

Their 22nd win in the teams’ last 24 meetings temporarily put Melbourne in third place while Brisbane, who entered the round hoping to finish in the top four, was able to finish the round in eighth place.

Their place in the final is also far from assured, with Canberra in ninth place likely to move within a win for Kevin Walters’ side with a win over Newcastle on Sunday.

Brisbane will face Parramatta at home next Thursday before a final round against St George Illawarra.

A well-oiled and desperate defensive combination kept Brisbane twice at 18-12 in the middle of the first half, before the doors opened in a second half of six tries.

Melbourne’s ruthlessness was spot on, Grant’s grubbing up for Cameron Munster his second assist of the night to send the Storm down 24-6 and in full command.

He had already placed Tui Kamikamica under the goalposts, while powerful center Justin Olam stood up in the desperate Brisbane defense to place David Nofoaluma in the corner.

Playing with Brisbane five-eighth Ezra Mam on the right wing, Asofa-Solomona set the first two tries of the match.

Unfortunately for the massive prop, they were for both teams, his first swirling pass took Young Tonumaipea to the top but his second sent Xavier Coates to run for the touchdown.

The Melbourne winger threw the ball back onto the pitch, headed for Brisbane’s Kurt Capewell who ran smoothly for a bizarre try.

He was the best for Brisbane, without the Broncos striker on the 100m run and Payne Haas (81m run out of 11 runs) managed well.

A falling Coates then lifted a knee from Brisbane to the face and was excluded from the HIA protocols, while his replacement Tyran Wishart (ankle) quickly followed.

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