The Melbourne Storm took control of the contest after the North Queensland Cowboys scored the opening try of the game.
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow stunned the Storm with a try in the corner, but from there it became one-way traffic for the Storm.
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Shortly after taking the lead however things started going downhill for the Cowboys with serial antagonist Josh McGuire sent from the field by the referee.
As the Cowboys held possession, the referee stopped played and pointed out McGuire and held up 10 fingers and citing dissent.
Match official Grant Atkins was picked up by microphones saying: “I’m not going to repeat what you said, but you can go.”
McGuire walked from the field and spent 10 minutes in the sin bin with the Queenland Maroons player believed to have hurled abuse at Atkins.
😯10 IN THE BIN!😯
McGuire has been shown the ten digits very early on in the game.
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Down a man, the Cowboys defence fell apart as the Storm strolled across the line over and over again.
Four unanswered tries closed out the first half as the Storm entered the sheds holding the 24-4 advantage.
But it was the Cowboys’ lacklustre defensive efforts that continually drew the ire of fans and those in the commentary booth.
A Tino Faasuamaleaui try under the posts left one Fox League commentator to proclaim: “That’s as easy as it gets, it’s the simplest try I think I’ve seen in 40 years”.
Josh Addo-Carr make a mockery of the defensive line when he busted several tackles before streaking away to pile on the punishment.
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The Cowboys were exposed once again just before the half time break when Cameron Munster walked through a hole the size of the Grand Canyon.
How soft was that! My 81 year old mother could've scored that! #NRLstormcowboys @storm @nthqldcowboys #NRL
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