General Inglis shines as Storm beat Broncos 46-0

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Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 7:42 PM

Melbourne's experiment with emerging superstar Greg Inglis at five-eighth reaped dividends tonight as he scored a try and set up another in the Storm's crushing 46-0 win over Brisbane in their NRL trial at Princes Park.

It was hard to read too much into the scoreline as the Broncos were backing up from the World Club Challenge in England and rested four of their backline stars, including skipper Darren Lockyer, against a full-strength Melbourne.

But coach Craig Bellamy will be delighted with his side's defence, keeping the premiers scoreless in their NRL grand final rematch.

After a shaky start by both sides with numerous handling errors, the Storm found their feet with Inglis setting up the opening four-pointer.

He threw a simple cut-out pass to Ryan Hoffman out wide, with the second rower diving across the line at the 11 minute mark.

The Storm's second try was scored in almost identical fashion, but this time halfback Cooper Cronk threw the ball wide to find centre Matt King, who found another gaping hole in the Broncos defence.

Inglis, playing only his second match at No.6 after spending last season at fullback and in the centres, looked more comfortable as the match continued and surely did enough to earn a start at five-eighth for Melbourne's opening round NRL match against the Wests Tigers in a fortnight.

He showed his freakish timing to post his own try midway through the first half.

Hooker Cameron Smith passed to a rampaging King and as he was tackled into touch the centre threw a ball which bounced off Brisbane centre Nick Emmett and into Inglis waiting arms.

Just before the halftime break Cronk got his first of a double as he showed his pace and skill to slip through the Broncos defence and race 30 metres to the line.

The second half started in much the same fashion as the first finished as fullback Billy Slater, reserve forward Jeff Lima, winger Matt Geyer and Cronk, again, all got on the scoreboard as the Storm piled on the misery for Brisbane.

The only blight on Melbourne's night was injury concerns in their already depleted forward stocks.

Hard-working lock Dallas Johnson was knocked out early in the first half while making a tackle and suffered concussion while Matt Rua limped off just before the break.

Source: AAP
 

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