Jesse Bromwich of the Storm is tackled during the round 12 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park
Jesse Bromwich of the Storm is tackled during the round 12 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park Scott Barbour - Getty Images

Storm blitz weakened Broncos

MELBOURNE took advantage of the absence of Brisbane's State of Origin stars with a comprehensive 34-10 win at AAMI Park on Friday night.

The Broncos rested Sam Thaiday, Petero Civoniceva and Justin Hodges for the top-of-the-table clash while Storm and Queensland stars Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk all backed up.

The difference was obvious from the get-go as Melbourne charged to a 16-6 half-time advantage before opening the throttle after the break and burying the Broncos.

Todd Lowrie and Will Chambers celebrated their 50th games for the Storm by both scoring tries, the former bagging a double inside the first 35 minutes while prodigal son Chambers crossed right before half-time.

In what was also his 149th game in the NRL following stints with Newcastle and Parramatta, Lowrie set Melbourne on the path to victory with two first-half tries.

Read the full match report at ABC news online.


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