Ryan Papenhuyzen scores four tries as Storm embarrass the Bulldogs 44-0

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Ryan Papenhuyzen scores four tries and kicks six conversions to rack up an incredible 28 points as Storm embarrass the Bulldogs 44-0

  • Melbourne fullback recorded his biggest personal haul of points at AAMI Park
  • Storm ran in eight unanswered tries, including three in the space of 10 minutes 
  • Canterbury had one of NRL’s best defensive records going into the game
  • Dogs had no answer for Melbourne’s attack and were impotent with the ball 

Melbourne’s Ryan Papenhuyzen was back to his best with the flying mullet terrorising Canterbury in a thumping 44-0 NRL victory.

Superstar fullback Papenhuyzen scored four tries, with his six conversions making for a personal haul of 28 points – his highest ever at AAMI Park – on Sunday afternoon.

But he wasn’t alone with the Storm running in eight unanswered tries in a commanding display.

Ryan Papenhuyzen goes over for one of his four tries. He kicked six conversions from eight attempts to record his best solo point-scoring haul at AAMI Park

Ryan Papenhuyzen goes over for one of his four tries. He kicked six conversions from eight attempts to record his best solo point-scoring haul at AAMI Park

The game encapsulated in one photo: Papenhuyzen zips through a yawning gap in the Bulldogs line. Canterbury came into the match with one of the best defensive records in the NRL but got embarrassed by the Storm

The game encapsulated in one photo: Papenhuyzen zips through a yawning gap in the Bulldogs line. Canterbury came into the match with one of the best defensive records in the NRL but got embarrassed by the Storm

Three came within 10 minutes when Papenhuyzen grabbed his third in the 51st minute after he finished a length of the field break by Jahrome Hughes, who scooped up Bulldogs five-eighth Matt Burton’s grubber on the last tackle.

Melbourne winger Xavier Coates repeated the feat, dashing 90 metres, when an errant Burton pass bumped off the shoulder of Jake Averillo.

And then two minutes later, second rower Felise Kaufusi got in on the try-scoring action.

The Bulldogs boasted the second-best defensive record leading into the round, only conceding 33 points in four rounds, but the Storm blew past that midway through the second half.

Storm halfback Jahrome Hughes grimaces in pain after copping a lazy high shot while trying to break through the Dogs' defence

Storm halfback Jahrome Hughes grimaces in pain after copping a lazy high shot while trying to break through the Dogs’ defence

Josh Addo-Carr looks shellshocked during the heavy loss. The former Storm winger is yet to notch a try for the Dogs in an extremely rare scoreless patch

Josh Addo-Carr looks shellshocked during the heavy loss. The former Storm winger is yet to notch a try for the Dogs in an extremely rare scoreless patch 

Of equal concern for the visitors was their inability to get across the tryline themselves.

They had 61 per cent of possession in the first half and at had three sets of six in the opening 20 minutes camped on Melbourne’s line but never really looked like scoring.

Former Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr, now lining up for the Bulldogs, came closest but Papenhuyzen and Hughes stopped him from grounding the ball.

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