Storm mark Bellamy landmark in style, Broncos fail to regain lead


Melbourne Storm were relentless in their 38-0 mauling of Gold Coast Titans as coach Craig Bellamy celebrated his milestone game in style.

Sunday's trip to the Gold Coast was Bellamy's 350th NRL game in charge and it was one to remember as the Storm ran in seven tries.

Suliasi Vunivalu and Cooper Cronk both crossed over twice, while Cheyse Blair, Tohu Harris and Blake Green also had tries in the rout as Melbourne kept the opposition scoreless for a second consecutive week.

Skipper Cameron Smith was four-of-seven from conversions, adding a penalty goal to his tally for the Storm, who claimed their seventh win in nine games.

Brisbane Broncos failed to regain their two-point lead at the summit as they were edged out 30-28 by Cronulla Sharks.

The two sides went into the match at Southern Cross Group Stadium on the back of five straight wins, but it was the Sharks who maintained their victorious streak to go joint top with three other sides on 14 points.

Cronulla took a 28-6 lead into half-time but were forced to defend stoically to hold on for the win after the Broncos ran in four second-half tries.

New Zealand Warriors, meanwhile, regrouped to upstage St.George Illawarra Dragons 26-10 in Auckland.

The Warriors were condemned to a 42-0 defeat by the Storm on Anzac Day, which resulted in five key players being stood down for failing to meet team standards.

But they overcame their woes to beat the Dragons for the first time in 12 attempts.