Melbourne star Josh Addo-Carr has made history by becoming the first player to score six tries during an elite-level Australian rugby league game in more than 70 years.
The NSW Origin winger returned the remarkable haul in a 50-0 demolition of South Sydney on Thursday night, putting the Rabbitohs' NRL premiership hopes in serious doubt.
No team in history has conceded 50 points in a season and gone on to win the premiership that year.
In a miserable night for the depleted Rabbitohs, NSW Origin winger Addo-Carr ran riot on the right edge with four tries in the first half and two in the second.
Addo-Carr is the first player to score six tries in a game since Jack Troy did it for Newtown in 1950.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy said while Addo-Carr is known as one of the fastest in the game, in his five seasons at the club he's developed into so much more than a speedster.
"When he came to us and for the first couple of years after he came to us, he relied on his speed," Bellamy said of the Canterbury-bound winger.
"I wouldn't say that's all he had to his game, and it probably still is his main trait but he's developed a whole heap of other traits now.
"He's a whole heap stronger.
"His smarts on the game have really improved, he really knows what the game's about and what his edge can do and what they can't do.
"He's really turned into a leader too."
The 50-point victory brought to an end Souths' seven-game winning streak after injuries ravaged their side through the week.
But of even bigger concern, they'll have to defy more than 100 years worth of history to win the NRL premiership this season.
As promised, the Storm ran heavy traffic at halfback Benji Marshall and came up with gold through Addo-Carr.
He went hunting with Cameron Munster, Harry Grant and Justin Olam to pillage South Sydney's right side defence at Stadium Australia.
Wayne Bennett adjusted by benching winger Steven Marsters after Addo-Carr scored his third 30 minutes in, but even with Jed Cartwright plugging the gap the leaks kept coming.
Without Latrell Mitchell, Adam Reynolds, Cameron Murray and Campbell Graham, Souths were struggling, but it was no excuse for Bennett.
"We probably got what we deserved, we've been heading that way in the last couple of weeks. They're too good for that, Melbourne," he said.
"We're a lot better than how we played out there tonight."
George Jennings grabbed a double for Storm, while Brandon Smith and Jahrome Hughes also got on the board.
It was just the second loss of the year for the Rabbitohs, who went down 26-18 to Melbourne in the season-opener when Ryan Papenhuyzen scored four tries.
It was another loss too for Bennett, who has a miserable coaching record against Craig Bellamy.
The Storm coach now has won 29 of 39 games against Bennett-coached sides.
After adding another to his tally, the Storm leapfrogged Souths, the Sydney Roosters and Parramatta into second on the NRL ladder.
Australian Associated Press