Storm blow Bron­cos apart at Sun­corp

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Bris­bane: The Storm blew the Bron­cos off the park in the sec­ond half to win 46-8 as ex­plo­sive full­back Ryan Papen­huyzen and ever­green cap­tain Cameron Smith lit up Sun­corp Sta­dium with a per­for­mance of sheer class. The Storm, now the com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers, have not lost to the Bron­cos since 2009 and re­tained their dom­i­nance over their rugby league “bun­nies”. The Bron­cos played well for 30 min­utes but had no an­swers when the Storm put their foot on the throat.

Storm coach Craig Bel­lamy said he was “re­ally dis­ap­pointed” with the first half and that some com­pla­cency prob­a­bly crept in af­ter the early try.

“Then we re­ally found it hard to get back into the game to be quite hon­est be­cause the Bron­cos played with more en­ergy and out-en­thused us and re­ally got in to us,” he said.

“You’ve got to give the Bron­cos some credit. They tried re­ally hard in the sec­ond half but couldn’t con­trol the ball or their field po­si­tion.

“We scored early in the sec­ond half and I think that did dint their con­fi­dence af­ter what they’d been through the last few weeks. I thought we had to play a fair half of footy in the sec­ond half to put that score on them.”

Bel­lamy said daz­zling full­back Ryan Papen­huyzen continues to re­mind him of a young Billy Slater af­ter an­other breath­tak­ing dis­play of speed and skill.

“He re­minds me a lit­tle bit of Billy early in his ca­reer,” Bel­lamy said post-match.

“Billy was will­ing at train­ing to take a lot of risks to try things out and Paps is a bit the same.

“I am a lit­tle bit more con­ser­va­tive so I give a bit of ad­vice about when that is go­ing to fit our game at the mo­ment, but I love that he is try­ing things.”

Re­sults: Eels 26-16 Wests Tigers, Cow­boys 12-24 Sea Ea­gles, Bron­cos 8-46 Storm.

Ryan Papen­huyzen

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