Storm warning as Melbourne winners again
Melbourne NRL skipper Cameron Smith says boring works best for the Storm, although scoring eight tries for a 46-6 romp over Penrith is hardly dull.
Desperate to stop their five-game losing streak, the Storm talked pre-match about going back to basics and Smith said they did just that to crush the lowly Panthers at AAMI Park and get their season back on track.
“We just had a mindset of running through their line rather than trying to go for the easy option and go wide and go around them,” said Smith, who kicked seven from eight conversions.
“We’ve tried to do that at times over the last couple of weeks and that’s not how we play our style of football.
“We’re not like other sides where we try to play fancy plays.
“We play a simple style of football … when we’re playing well you hear a lot of people say that we look quite boring.
“It’s not boring when you’re scoring 40 points, I can tell you.”
The Storm started with attitude and urgency, with winger Sisa Waqa scoring after just 35 seconds.
They were up 34-0 by halftime.
It was difficult to judge whether they were the Melbourne of old because in the first half in particular, Penrith were so woeful.
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary described it as a match he’d like to forget.
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said his side’s second half, when their set completion rate fell away, showed they still had plenty of work to do.
“We weren’t happy with that … I think we only completed about 50 per cent which is well below par,” he said.
“We got off to a great start but the second half certainly wasn’t as impressive with the footy.
“Having said that, we kept them to six points which goes back to our defence which really pleased me.”© AAP 2013
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