The Brisbane Roar asserted their Premiership credentials and all but put the reigning Champions’ title defence to bed as they cruised to a 5-0 victory over Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.

In front of a bumper 15,892 crowd at Suncorp Stadium the Roar dominated from start to finish, barely allowed their opponents a sniff and were prolific in front of goal – exemplified by a Jamie Maclaren hattrick.

The opening ten minutes was a cagey affair as the Victory pushed high up and pinned Brisbane back into their own half.

While they struggled initially to get anything going, once the Roar did find their rhythm they were flying and went ahead with their first attempt on goal after a quarter of an hour.

Jack Hingert, a danger on the right flank throughout, cut into the box and although he was robbed of the ball, it fell kindly to the feet of Jamie Maclaren to fire it home with a first time strike.

Just five minutes later Brisbane doubled their lead and Maclaren had his second goal of the night after he finished off a quick fire counter attack from a Melbourne free kick.

Former Roar striker Besart Berisha was toppled in Brisbane’s area but play carried on and Maclaren got on the end of Dimitri Petratos’ sublime cross field ball to scoop it over the stranded Daniel Vukovic.

The chances kept coming for the home side and Vukovic was on his toes to deny Thomas Broich his first goal of the season from close range on three occasions.

The visitors struggled to break their opponents down in the first 45 minutes and Guilherme Finkler’s deflected shot from outside the area into the side netting summed up his side’s lack of penetration.

He scored plenty of goals at Suncorp Stadium in Roar colours and Berisha wound back the clock to turn it into the back of the net for Brisbane to extend their lead to three.

Ten minutes after the interval, a corner routine cued up Corey Brown to fire home from the edge of the box and he found the back of the net thanks to a heavy deflection from the Albanian.

There was never any doubt about the result but with a quarter of an hour to go the Roar killed the game off in style.

Petratos led a four-on-one break from a Victory corner, fed it across to Maclaren and although the striker’s effort was saved, Corona was there to dink home the rebound.

Maclaren completed his hat trick in the closing stages as he pounced on a scramble in the box to poke it home.

The victory propels the Roar to the top of the table but the Western Sydney Wanderers can make it a short stay if they win on Sunday.

BRISBANE ROAR: 5. BROWN Corey, 7. CORONA, 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 13. NORTH Jade, 14. BOWLES Daniel, 17. MCKAY Matt, 19. HINGERT Jack, 21. YOUNG Jamie, 22. BROICH Thomas, 23. PETRATOS Dimitri, 28. BORRELLO Brandon.

SUBS: 1. THEO Michael, 3. STEFANUTTO Shane, 8. LUSTICA Steven, 10. HENRIQUE, 18. HERVAS Javier.

MELBOURNE VICTORY: 1. VUKOVIC Daniel, 2. GERIA Jason, 3. GALLOWAY Scott, 7. FINKLER Guilherme, 8. BERISHA Besart, 13. BOZANIC Oliver, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid, 16. MAHAZI Rashid, 17. DELPIERRE Matthieu, 23. INGHAM Jai, 24. DENG Thomas.

SUBS: 5. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 10. THOMPSON Archie, 11. PAIN Connor, 20. THOMAS Lawrence.

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