Tries: MARIKA KOROIBETE (7M), MAHE FONUA (14M), SISA WAQA (24M), JESSE BROMWICH (28M), MAHE FONUA (31M), WILL CHAMBERS (36M), TIM GLASBY (50M),TIM GLASBY (75M), JORDAN MCLEAN (78M)
Goals: CAMERON SMITH 6/9
Tries: VALENTINE HOLMES (65M)
Goals: MICHAEL GORDON 1/1
It was the Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk show in Melbourne on Saturday night , as the Storm demolished the Sharks 48-6.
It took the Storm just 6 minutes to crack the Sharks line and from that point on , Melbourne were in full control of the first 40 minutes of the match.
Mahe Fonua took Melbourne to 10 points after four Sharks failed to stop the tough Melbourne center from reaching the try line.
Two quick tries to Sisa Waqa and Jessie Bromwich saw the Storm extend their lead out to 20 points.
Fonua crossed in the 30th minute to bag his second try of the night to continue the Storms total domination of a defensively weak Cronulla side.
A lazy attempt at tackle by experienced halfback Jeff Robson saw Will Chambers reach out to score just before half time. Melbourne leading the Sharks 30-0 after a clinical 40 minute display by the home side.
Melbourne found their way back to the try line just 9 minutes into the second half , after some impressive lead up work from forward Jessie Bromwich.
Tim Glasby scoring to extend their already remarkable lead , to 36-0.
It took the Sharks 65 minutes to post points. Valentine Holmes scoring his first try in the NRL to finally give the Sharks something to cheer about , in a match dominated by the home side.
However the Storm were far from finished adding more points to the scoreboard.
Tim Glasby scoring a double as well as Jordan McLean claiming a try after easily breaking through a tired Sharks defensive line to score just 3 minutes out from fulltime.
An extremely young and inexperienced Cronulla side were comprehensively outclassed by the Storm in Melbourne and as they head back to Cronulla, they now need to prepare to take on the other contender for the wooden spoon in the Canberra Raiders.