RugbyL: Melbourne storm into grand final with big win over Broncos
Melbourne Storm wore down the Brisbane Broncos 30-0 to reach their eighth Australian National Rugby League grand final on Friday.
The Storm will face either the Sydney Roosters or the North Queensland Cowboys in the season decider on October 1.
Melbourne were held to a 2-0 lead in a manic first half but flying winger Josh Addo Carr scored a crucial try just before half-time for an 8-0 lead.
The Broncos had their chances but gradually the Storm took control and once Test fullback Billy Slater dashed over in the corner midway through the second half the game swung decisively to the Storm.
Melbourne consolidated their lead with further tries to Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Slater’s second to clinch an emphatic victory.
Skipper Cameron Smith kicked his 1000th premiership goal during the win while Test scrum-half Cooper Cronk celebrated his final match in Melbourne with another starring role despite being singled out for special treatment from the Broncos defence.
It will be the Craig Bellamy-coached Storm’s third grand final in six years.