Storm shine on the coast
Storm have made it a 350th game to remember for Craig Bellamy with a 38-0 win over the Titans.
For the first time in Club history, Melbourne kept the opposition scoreless for a second straight week. It was also the first time in Gold Coast's history they were kept scoreless on their home ground.
Despite making three late changes to the side, all to their outside backs, Storm's depth stood the test with flying colours.
Suliasi Vunivalu will again enjoy the headlines and deservingly so after make it a third double in as many games to start his NRL career.
Cooper Cronk also enjoyed a double while Cheyse Blair made a flying start to his Storm career with a try and nearly 150 metres on the wing.
A total of nine Storm players finished the game with more than 100 metres to their name.
A completion rate of 93% told the story of a Melbourne team that was relentless, methodical and team-orientated for the entire 80 minutes.
Storm were given a hostile welcome to the Gold Coast, forced to defend in their own half the opening five minutes.
However they weathered the early onslaught and in the 7th minute Blair announced himself as a Storm player in fine fashion. He intercepted a grubber kick and returned it 60 metres up field for the games opening try.
Melbourne's goal line defence was outstanding early, exemplified by Felise Kaufusi's try-saving tackle on Greg Bird metres from the line.
Dale Finucane repeated the effort of his teammate up the other end of the field in the 26th minute, forcing Nene MacDonald into an error on his own 20 metre line.
Cameron Smith seized the opportunity when he spotted space down the right to stretch the Titans defence and find Vunivalu in the clear to continue the brilliant start to his first grade career.
Full of confidence, Storm capitalised on their wave of momentum to cross twice more before half-time. Mr. Versatile Tohu Harris, shifted to the centres before kick-off, finished off a move out to the left.
Some fancy footwork from Nelson Asofa-Solomona in the middle of the field then saw him break through the Titans line before handing off to Cooper Cronk to score under the posts and give the visitors a 20-0 half-time lead.
It was a clinical first half performance from Storm and they did not let up after the break as Blake Green came up with a 40-20 kick on 44 minutes.
Two minutes later they struck again and it would come via a sight Storm fans are happily becoming used to. Cronk placed a chip kick out to the right for a flying Vunivalu to incredibly score his third double in as many weeks.
A perfect afternoon hit a hurdle on 55 minutes when Kenny Bromwich was sin binned but the numerical disadvantage only spurred the Melbourne boys on further.
Less than five minutes later Cronk make it a double, latching onto a Munster line break for his sixth try of the season.
A Cameron Smith penalty goal and Blake Green penalty capped off a scintillating afternoon for a resolute Melbourne team.
Melbourne Storm 38
Tries: Suliasi Vunivalu 2, Cooper Cronk 2, Cheyse Blair, Tohu Harris, Blake Green
Goals: Cameron Smith 5
Gold Coast 0