Scintillating Storm batter woeful Warriors
Melbourne Storm ran in eight tries as they routed a sorry New Zealand Warriors 42-0 in NRL on Monday.
Having edged West Tigers in golden-point extra time last week, the Storm - who beat the Warriors 21-14 in round three - were at their stunning best at AAMI Park as five unanswered first-half tries helped them to a 28-0 half-time lead on Anzac Day, which commemorates Australia and New Zealand war heroes.
Tohu Harris, Tim Glasby, Jesse Bromwich and Marika Koroibete all crossed for tries by the 23rd minute, while Cameron Munster touched down five minutes before the break.
Storm also had three tries ruled out in a rampant first half and, although a disappointing Warriors defence tightened up after the break, Cooper Cronk stretched the lead in the 56th minute before Suliasi Vunivalu added a brace to make it four tries in two matches.
Craig Bellamy's side now move level on points with North Queensland Cowboys and Cronulla Sharks, with the trio two points adrift of leaders Brisbane Broncos.
St George Illawarra Dragons held off a second-half fightback from struggling Sydney Roosters in a 20-18 victory.
Tries from Gareth Widdop, Jason Nightingale and Kalifa Faifai Loa helped the hosts to an 18-0 half-time lead.
Jake Friend's try shortly after the restart reduced the arrears but two points from a Widdop penalty proved crucial, as Latrell Mitchell and Ryan Matterson's scores were in vain for a Roosters side that have won just once in eight matches.
After the match, Roosters coach Trent Robinson was left fuming with referee Ben Cummins and the NRL bunker - the league's video referral system - for what he considered a series of "soft calls".
Also on Monday, Jake Trbojevic scored twice as Manly Sea Eagles ran out 26-10 winners at lowly Newcastle Knights.