For the fourth time in a row, the Broncos have conceded 40 or more points against the Melbourne Storm, going down 40-12 tonight at Suncorp Stadium.
Fresh of their thrilling victory over the Roosters, there were fleeting hopes the Broncos could do the double and upset another one of the competition’s heavyweights for the second time in as many weeks.
A tense opening period had Kevin Walters dreaming of the impossible. But when Brandon Smith made something out of nothing, barging his way through the Broncos’ defence for the opening try, the flood gates opened.
Josh Addo-Carr became the first Indigenous player to score in the NRL’s Indigenous Round, crossing over minutes before half-time to have the Storm sitting pretty at 18-0.
Returning for the second period, The Broncos started terribly, coughing up possession with some sloppy hands and allowing George Jennings to skip away.
Tries to Jesse Arthars and Kobe Hetherington would be the only consolation for the Queenslanders as they were forced to weather the Storm who rained tries in a seocnd half-blitz.
Nicho Hynes again upped his stock on the NRL market, bagging a try and a handful of assists for his efforts.
Son of Matthew Johns and nephew of Andrew, Cooper bagged his first points in the NRL.
And when Smith dotted down for his second of the night, the script was all but wrapped for the Victorians.