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NRL carnage: Storm utterly destroy Rabbitohs

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THE NRL title looks Melbourne’s to lose after they crushed South Sydney 64-6 as they continue their build-up for the finals.

With their nearest rivals Brisbane getting 50 points put on them by Parramatta on Thursday night, the minor premiers appear in a class of their own. The Storm proved Souths really are their bunnies as they ran in 11 tries to stretch their winless record in Melbourne to 14 games.

Skipper Cameron Smith contributed 22 points, kicking nine from nine conversions as well as a first-half try.

Although out of the finals race the Rabbitohs came into the AAMI Park match on the back of three wins but a fourth looked out of reach soon after the opening whistle.

They trailed 12-0 after five minutes and 36-0 by halftime with the home side piling on seven tries, including two to Suliasi Vunivalu.

That’s gotta hurt.

The winger was also involved in a penalty try when the bunker ruled Robert Jennings had held him back in the chase to the ball.

Any second half reprieve for Souths went out the window after just five minutes when it was Billy Slater’s turn to score, and then Josh Addo-Carr showed his blistering speed to dash 90 metres in a solo effort.

Souths only try came in the 64th minute through Tyrell Fuimaono from a Cody Walker kick but they suffered a late blow with skipper Sam Burgess put on report for a tackle that left Felice Kaufusi with a head knock and sparked an all-in brawl.

Addo-Carr finished with a hat-trick after Vunivalu took the ball from the Souths in-goal and raced 70m before putting it on his boot for his fellow winger to collect.

A picture paints a thousand words.

Originally published as NRL carnage: Storm utterly destroy Rabbitohs

Source: sports dailytelegraph

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