Storm respond to Bellamy blast by thrashing Eels
Curtis Scott's 100-metre score was the highlight of Melbourne Storm's 64-10 demolition of Parramatta Eels as Craig Bellamy's players emphatically responded to being publicly blasted by their coach by running in 11 tries.
The Storm, who have appeared in three straight Grand Finals, were called "c**p" by Bellamy after a loss to Cronulla Sharks last time out, with the coach also questioning his players' mentality.
Yet they got back on track in style at Suncorp Stadium, scoring four tries in a dominant seven-minute period while Maika Sivo was in the sin bin early in the second half.
Cameron Munster got the first of his two tries before the break, while Dale Finucane, Josh Addo-Carr and Jahrome Hughes also went over inside the opening 40 minutes.
Scott, who later went off with a fractured foot, then provided the pick of the bunch in the 44th minute when he evaded four would-be tacklers on his way to a 100-metre try.
Sivo's high hit on Hughes left the Eels one man down for 10 minutes and Suliasi Vunivalu, Munster, Brodie Croft and Ryan Papenhuyzen all took advantage before Kenneath Bromwich took Melbourne into double figures for tries and Addo-Carr ran in an 11th to round off the rout.
New Zealand Warriors overcame an 18-6 deficit at the interval to beat St George Illawarra Dragons 26-18, Peta Hiku scoring two of his team's five tries, while Newcastle Knights boosted their top-eight hopes by defeating bottom side Canterbury Bulldogs 22-10 to record their third straight victory.
Hymel Hunt, Mitchell Pearce and Lachlan Fitzgibbon all went over prior to the break and Kalyn Ponga added a late score against the Bulldogs, for whom Reimis Smith scored a seventh try of the season.