The Melbourne Storm suffered their largest NRL defeat since 2014 and the Penrith Panthers took a record-breaking victory.
Penrith dominated the Magic Spherical’s blockbuster shootout at Suncorp Stadium, and Storm appeared alarmingly ineffective with out celebrity fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen on their facet.
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Melbourne winger Nick Meaney jumped in on the seventeenth minute for Storm’s solely try, however from then on it was a carnage.
It was Penrith’s largest win over Melbourne in NRL historical past and Storm’s largest defeat to any facet since 2014.
Talking to Channel 9 after the 26-point defeat, Melbourne’s five-eighth Cameron Munster claimed that Storm “regarded like an under-12 group”.
“We have been poor,” he admitted.
“I did not care who got here out. They nonetheless had a adequate group to rock the Panthers.
“We will whine concerning the climate or whine concerning the slippery ball, however tonight we have been poor and that is not us, particularly towards a very good facet (in) Penrith.
“We now have to return to the drafting board and play significantly better towards the Cowboys or the end result would be the identical.
“It is a fairly disappointing end result and so was my efficiency.
“We stored entering into the form of stress we needed to play, however we patted them on the again and allow them to go to their very own ends. Whenever you do this towards Penrith, they will make you pay for it… When Penrith takes 60 p.c of the ball, they will put loads of factors on you and so they did tonight.
“We have been poor. We regarded like an under-12 group.
“We now have to return to the drafting board.
“I am wanting ahead to subsequent week. Distant.”
The ruthless Panthers confirmed no mercy on Saturday, with the flaming again rower Viliame Kikau offering loads of energy and exhibit on the prime of the desk.
Storm had no reply to her talents.
“It was most likely a recreation we wanted three or 4 weeks later and we gained very well. It was a very good drop for us tonight and we obtained what we deserved,” Storm supervisor Craig Bellamy instructed reporters on the post-match press convention.
“Perhaps we weren’t doing in addition to different folks thought. Hopefully we’ll be taught from that,” he stated.
Moses Leota, Isaah Yeo and the Panthers took the lead as a unit. In each approach, it was pretty much as good a efficiency as coach Ivan Cleary, who watched from Sydney after his knee surgical procedure, may hope for.
With Papenhuyzen and Reimis Smith already absent resulting from accidents, Storm misplaced star half Jahrome Hughes on recreation day to calf criticism.
Marion Seve (heart), Cooper Johns (half) and Tui Kamikamica (guard) have been taking part in their first NRL recreation of the season, and the Panthers’ fast and medical play was a shock to their system.