Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says he wouldn't trade Ryan Papenhuyzen for any other fullback after he almost single-handedly put Brisbane to the sword, scoring four tries in 11 minutes en route to a 40-6 victory.
Also adding four conversions, Papenhuyzen's first-half tally of 24 points was the most by any player in a half since 1980 and his final haul of 26 was the second-most scored by a Storm player behind Matt Geyer in 1999.
Bellamy was asked whether he had the best fullback in the game.
He said Sydney Roosters custodian James Tedesco had that mantle, but Papenhuyzen was closing fast.
"James Tedesco has been the best fullback in the game for the last couple of years but what I would say is that Paps is getting closer to him," Bellamy said.
"We wouldn't swap Paps."
The 22-year-old speedster lit up AAMI Park on Good Friday, turning the match on its head after a bright start by the Broncos who led until the 25th minute.
Centre Justin Olam managed a backhand off-load to Josh Addo-Carr, who put the flying fullback in to score his first.
Olam, making amends for bombing Melbourne's chance to beat Penrith at the death last round, then broke through the defence, with Papenhuyzen ready and waiting.
His third came when he backed up a charge by Nelson Asofa-Solomona, who made a massive impact off the bench.
Brandon Smith and Jahrome Hughes then found some space in the 36th minute and Papenhuyzen came flying through to send the 14,135-strong crowd into raptures.
The 2020 Clive Churchill medallist added the extras for a 24-6 half-time lead.
His first-half heroics over-shadowed a two-try haul in the second half by Storm winger George Jennings, while Cameron Munster also touched down.
Papenhuyzen almost got a fifth after leaping high for a kick but collided with the post, losing control of the ball.
Brisbane looked on top early with Tom Deardon, who was a late halfback switch for Brodie Croft, having a hand in their sixth-minute try.
He got a pass away to winger Xavier Coates, who burnt Addo-Carr and raced 70 metres to touch down.
Melbourne were uncharacteristically poor early, only completing seven of their first 13 sets, but they then completed their next seven heading into half-time to lay the platform for the emphatic win.
Broncos coach Kevin Walters said there was little his team could do to stop the onslaught.
"We lost our way defensively and they've got players who have the ability to capitalise on that," Walters said.
"We should have taken our opportunities early."