Melbourne has set up a mouth-watering preliminary final date with the Roosters by making light work of Parramatta in a semi final drubbing at AAMI Park.
The Storm were back to their dominant best, a week after being shocked by Canberra in the southern capital, cruising to a 32-0 victory in front of a favourable crowd.
Craig Bellamy’s side barely put a foot wrong as they produced one of the most dominant performances of the season.
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The Eels, who had beaten Brisbane 58-0 only a week early, had no answers to the might of Melbourne.
Josh Addo-Carr scored a double, including an electric 70-metre effort when beating six no less than six defenders.
None of their players were poor but of Ryan Papenhuyzen, Jesse Bromwich, and Jahrome Hughes were among the standouts.
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The only slight hiccup for the Storm was having their skipper sin binned.
Cameron Smith was sent from the field for just the second time in his NRL career, for slapping opposing hooker Reed Mahoney across the chops in the first half.
Smith’s kicking boot was also woefully off target. He kicked just one conversion from six attempts, while Cameron Munster also missed one while Smith was in the bin.
All up the poor kicking cost Melbourne 12 points and it’s something Bellamy will no doubt address ahead of next week’s meeting with the Chooks.
Melbourne will take on the Roosters in a grand final rematch at the SCG on Saturday.
There will also be question marks over how they choose to line up, given Will Chambers was benched in favour of Curtis Scott at right centre.
If Scott remains there he will be marking Latrell Mitchell next week.
For Parramatta, a gallant season comes to an end with a disappointing loss.
MELBOURNE 32 (J Addo-Carr 2 N Asofa-Solomona J Hughes C Munster R Papenhuyzen S Vunivalutries R Papenhuyzen C Smith goals) bt PARRAMATTA 0 at AAMI Park. Referee: Ben Cummins, Grant Atkins. Crowd: 21,015.
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