Devastating attack from Jamie Lyon and Brett Stewart paved the way for the Sea Eagles’ comfortable 16-6 victory over Brisbane at Brookvale Oval in Round 25 last season.
Three tries inside the opening half hour rocketed the Sea Eagles to an unassailable 16-nil lead before a last-gasp try to Alex Glenn salvaged some respectability for the Broncos.
Lyon was in blistering form, taking on the line from close range to score out wide in the 17th minute and also handing off a crisp inside pass to Brett Stewart to score on the right edge with 29 minutes gone.
In between Stewart teamed with five-eighth Kieran Foran, retrieving a deft chip kick to slice between the Broncos’ last defenders on the left fringe to make it 10-nil inside 20 minutes.
Brisbane had no answer to the rampaging Sea Eagles, who completed 83 per cent of their sets, carved out five line-breaks to one and ran 30 more times for a 270-metre territorial advantage on the night.
Brett Stewart made a game-high seven tackle-breaks and two line-breaks, while winger Jorge Taufua ran for 188 metres.
For Brisbane, centre Justin Hodges was forceful out of dummy-half and also out wide, making a game-high 188 metres. Andrew McCullough and Corey Parker were tireless in defence, making 52 and 51 tackles respectively.