Storm overpower Titans, Sharks rout Dragons


Melbourne Storm ran in six tries to overpower Gold Coast Titans in an impressive 34-16 NRL victory on Sunday.

Both teams had won their league openers last weekend, with Storm edging past St George Illawarra Dragons 18-16.

It was a much more comfortable outing at AAMI Park, though, as Craig Bellamy's men ran riot on home turf.

Dale Finucane touched down first for Storm when he pounced on Cameron Smith's grubber kick, but Titans roared back with quickfire tries from Josh Hoffman and Nathan Davis to lead 10-6.

It was a shortlived lead as first Blake Green powered over the line and Will Chambers' neat footwork saw Storm extend the lead.

Storm took the game away from Titans after the break with the impressive Cameron Munster and Young Tonumaipea scoring twice in the space of four second-half minutes, before Chambers finished a well-worked team move in the 66th minute for his second.

Titans added respectability to the scoreline as the match neared a conclusion. Tonumaipea was hit high, but it was ruled there was no foul play and Ryan James picked up the loose ball to go over.

In Sunday's other encounter, a three-try blitz before half-time helped Cronulla Sharks rout Dragons 30-2 for their first win of the campaign.

Ben Barba, Valentine Holmes and Chad Townsend all touched down before the break, while Jayson Bukuya and Ricky Leutele added scores after the break.

Dragons' misery worsened when star centre Josh Dugan limped off in the second half with an apparent hamstring injury.