Wayne Bennett has enjoyed the last laugh over Brisbane, with South Sydney's 38-6 NRL romp over the Broncos.
With New South Wales coach Brad Fittler watching on, Rabbitohs five-eighth Cody Walker continued his near-irresistible push for a Blues call-up in the six-tries-to-one rout at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night.
The match was billed as a grudge match between coach Bennett and Broncos counterpart Anthony Seibold, after their off-season coaching swap.
But the game had all but fizzled out as a spectacle by halftime, with the Rabbitohs opening up a 24-0 lead, thanks to a Walker masterclass.
After being sacked by the Broncos in December, Bennett exacted a measure of revenge against his former club and now has the Rabbitohs flying at 7-1 - the club's equal-best start since 1989.
It was also the Rabbitohs' equal biggest winning margin over the Broncos, joining their 44-12 victory in 2009.
Importantly, the Rabbitohs flexed their muscles after a series of scratchy wins, reinforcing their premiership credentials.
Walker had a try double inside 18 minutes - on both occasions he caught out Tevita Pangai Junior and fullback Darius Boyd, who was playing his 300th first-grade game.
For his second try, he seemingly had the ball on a string, as he grubbered behind the line and regathered among a host of Broncos defenders.
Both Walker and halves partner Adam Reynolds, who ran 70m off an Anthony Milford intercept to score, paid tribute to retired ex-teammate Greg Inglis by mimicking his famous 'goanna' post-try celebration.
Walker was again in the action, when he sucked in James Roberts to send Kyle Turner over to efffectively end the contest by the midway point.
The result leaves the Broncos struggling at 2-6 to increase the pressure on Seibold.
Halfback Kodi Nikorima sat out the match and was expected to depart for the Warriors after this weekend. Replacement Tom Dearden, 18, did a commendable job under challenging circumstances.
He was targeted in defence and absorbed several hard knocks, but was vocal in organising his more experienced teammates.
A miserable night for the Broncos was summed up when Corey Oates dropped the ball over the line, the catalyst for Sam Burgess to score off the next set to restore the 24-point buffer.
"The scoreboard says we played pretty good, but I think there's a lot more improvement in us," Bennett said.
"We put ourselves under some pressure and I think the good teams will hurt us, if we do that."
Seibold said, while his side had to cop their medicine, their effort wasn't as bad as the scoreboard suggested.
"Tonight summed up our season so far - we did some really good things," Seibold said.
"Our main takeaway from tonight is our transition to our next job. We can't dwell on anything."