The Melbourne Storm have suffered their largest NRL defeat since 2014, with the Penrith Panthers cruising to a record-breaking victory.
The Melbourne Storm have been humbled by the Penrith Panthers in Brisbane, with the reigning premiers cruising to a record-breaking 32-6 victory on Saturday night.
Penrith dominated the Magic Round’s blockbuster conflict at Suncorp Stadium, with the Storm wanting worryingly ineffective with out celebrity fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen amongst their ranks.
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Melbourne winger Nick Meaney dived over for the Storm’s solely strive within the seventeenth minute, however from then on it was a bloodbath.
It was Penrith’s greatest win over Melbourne in NRL historical past, and the Storm’s largest defeat towards any aspect since 2014.
Speaking to Channel 9 after the 26-point defeat, Melbourne five-eighth Cameron Munster claimed that the Storm “looked like an under-12s team”.
“We were poor,” he admitted.
“Didn’t really care who we had out. Still had a good enough team to give the Panthers a shake.
“We can whinge about the weather or whinge about the slippery ball, but we were poor tonight and that’s not us, especially against a good side (in) Penrith.
“We have to go back to the drawing board and play a lot better against the Cowboys, otherwise it’ll be the same result.
“Pretty disappointing result, and my performance, as well.
“We kept getting into the pressure kind of footy we wanted to play, but we just kept giving them piggybacks and letting them out of their own end. When you’re doing that against Penrith they’re going to make you pay … when Penrith’s got 60 per cent of the ball they’re going to put a lot of points on you, and they did tonight.
“We were poor. We looked like an under-12s team.
“We need to go back to the drawing board.
“I can’t wait for next week. Far out.”
The relentless Panthers confirmed no mercy on Saturday, with on fireplace back-rower Viliame Kikau offering loads of energy and panache within the prime of the desk conflict.
The Storm merely had no solutions to his array of expertise.
“It is probably a game we needed after three or four weeks where we won really well. That was a good comedown for us tonight and we got what we deserved,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy instructed reporters within the post-match press convention.
“Perhaps we weren’t going as good as other people thought. Hopefully we will learn from that.”
Moses Leota, Isaah Yeo and the Panthers forwards as a unit dominated. All-round it was pretty much as good a efficiency as coach Ivan Cleary, watching from Sydney after present process a knee operation, might have hoped for.
Already with out Papenhuyzen and Reimis Smith on account of harm, the Storm misplaced star half Jahrome Hughes on recreation day to a calf grievance.
Marion Seve (centre), Cooper Johns (half) and Tui Kamikamica (bench) had been all enjoying their first NRL video games of the season and the quick and medical play of the Panthers was a shock to their system.
Penrith had their foot on the Storm’s throat early to take a 12-0 lead inside 11 minutes and by no means took it off.
One piece of flying Fijian wizardry by Kikau lit up the stadium. Cleary put up one among his inch good bombs and Kikau, with the agility of a gazelle, leapt above hapless Seve and planted it with the softest of silky palms for a Magic Round strive for the ages in entrance of 46,454 followers.
Nathan Cleary’s 12 factors from six objectives took him to 1108 profession factors, previous Greg Alexander (1104) and behind solely Ryan Girdler (1572) on Penrith’s all-time level scoring checklist.
After being sad with elements of his play in final week’s loss to the Eels, the Panthers half was again to his finest and together with Luai, who arrange two tries himself, managed the sport from begin to end.
“It is always exciting to have the challenge of coming up against the Storm who were red hot, and us coming off the back of a loss,” Cleary stated.
“It was a great opportunity for all of us to improve on last week. I thought me and Romey (Luai) combined well, the best in a while. That is a template for us going forward, get him the ball in the right places to do his magic.
“Kiks had a great game. It is freaky some of the things he can do. He is one of the best defensive back-rowers in the comp’ and gets a lot of confidence from that. Then you see his touches in attack. It is hard to stop.”
The Panthers will subsequent face the Sydney Roosters on the SCG on Saturday, May 21, with kick-off scheduled for 7.35pm AEST.
— with Joel Gould, NCA NewsWire