Melbourne Storm blew Manly away in the second half of the NRL Grand Final in Sydney yesterday, running out 34-8 winners.
The outpost club were disappointed to lead only 10-4 after dominating the first half, with tries from Anthony Quinn and the man of the match, Greg Inglis, partly redressed by one by Steve Matai. But three quick tries after the break from Mick Crocker, the Warrington-bound Matt King and a second from Inglis, took them out of sight.
The former St Helens favourite, Jamie Lyon, set one up for another player destined for Warrington, Chris Hicks, briefly to revive Manly's hopes.
But Melbourne ended strongly with tries from Clint Newton and Quinn underling their superiority. They will now play the Super League winners in England for the World Club Challenge in February.
After the match the Storm's Jeremy Smith and Jeff Lima were told that they had made the Kiwi squad for the first time for the Test against Australia in Wellington in two weeks.Reuse content