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Broncos crash Storm's homecoming

By Melissa Woods 09/05/2010 06:55:23 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane gate-crashed Melbourne's house-warming party at their new home ground, AAMI Park, with a 36-14 win in their NRL clash on Sunday.

After seven winless years in Melbourne the Broncos finally broke through to consign the Storm to their first loss in the three games since their massive salary cap rorting was exposed and they were stripped of all points for the season, as well as two premierships.

Brisbane centre Israel Folau made a point to selectors who ignored him for Australia's Test win over New Zealand on Friday night at the same venue, scoring two tries.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said the loss was "hugely disappointing" although not entirely a surprise given the turmoil of recent weeks.

"We've always said it's not going to be easy but we have certain standards in our club footy-wise and we didn't go near them today," he said.

Broncos coach Ivan Henjak, meanwhile, was delighted for his young side in chalking up only their third win of the season.

"That was a good result for us in terms of the context of our season so far," he said.

"I'm just so pleased for the young guys, who've been through some very difficult times and games, for them to get a good win under their belt, just for their confidence."

Both sides had players backing up from the representative matches although the Storm were notably missing skipper Cam Smith, who could be sidelined for a month after injuring his elbow in Australia's 12-8 win.

The home side started brightly in front of 20,042 fans and winger Anthony Quinn gave them a 4-0 lead after five minutes; halfback Cooper Cronk batting a ball into the arms of Greg Inglis who then found Quinn.

The hard-working winger crossed the line a further three times only to be repeatedly denied a try by busy video referee Steve Clark.

Melbourne's time in the sun appeared to run out when Brisbane were awarded a penalty try in the 23rd minute.

Slater was put on report for dislodging the ball with his boot as winger Jharal Yow Yeh dived across the line after taking a ball batted from high-flying Folau.

Folau, who is considering switching to AFL or rugby union's new Melbourne Rebels, who will be based at the same ground, got his first in the 26th minute when he brushed aside Quinn to touch down.

His second was a special.

The former Storm player ran 60m and could have passed inside to his captain Darren Lockyer but instead showed skills to match his pace as he stepped around Slater.

Playing for nothing but pride, the Storm, down 24-4 at halftime, struck first after the break through young winger Matt Duffie, who also grabbed a second with three minutes remaining.

But once Clark awarded Corey Norman the visitors' fifth try in the 54th minute, which he converted for a 30-10 lead, it was effectively game over and the opening party champagne was put back on the ice.

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