The Courier-Mail

Boyd in grow­ing Mun­ster fan club

- CHRIS GARRY

DAR­IUS Boyd says Cameron Mun­ster has a fu­ture in a Ma­roons jersey as sta­tis­tics re­veal he is hav­ing a bet­ter rookie sea­son than his men­tor, Billy Slater.

In a team full of greats, Mun­ster has been Mel­bourne’s best player in the past month and will be a ma­jor threat to the Bron­cos’ mi­nor premier­ship hopes on Thurs­day night.

Boyd even com­pared Mun­ster’s foot­work and at­tack­ing threat with team­mate An­thony Mil­ford.

Mun­ster signed with the Storm in 2013 in­stead of the Bron­cos, who didn’t show as much in­ter­est in the Rock­hamp­ton prodigy as Mel­bourne. How­ever, if Mun­ster had signed with Bris­bane, he may still be play­ing for the Cen­tral Capras be­cause Dar­ius Boyd was al­ways com­ing back to Bris­bane when Wayne Ben­nett signed.

Mun­ster was man of the match in Mel­bourne’s gritty vic­tory over North Queens­land last week, run­ning for 244m and bust­ing 10 tack­les.

While those stats are ex­cep­tional, what is more sur­pris­ing is how Mun­ster is pro­vid­ing a big­ger all-round im­pact in his rookie year than Slater did when he burst on the scene in 2003.

Mun­ster’s last month of football has been bril­liant, in­clud­ing three man-of-the- match per­for­mances.

Mun­ster is only play­ing full­back be­cause of Slater’s sea­son-end­ing in­jury and the Ma­roons cham­pion has been pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ist train­ing for the 20-year-old.

Com­pared with Slater’s rookie sea­son, Mun­ster av­er­ages more me­tres, line break as­sists, try as­sists and tackle busts while he makes sig­nif­i­cantly fewer er­rors and con­cedes sig­nif­i­cantly fewer penal­ties than Slater did.

Asked if he was a fan of his ri­val full­back, Boyd replied: “Mate, I just hope he’s a Queens­lan­der.”

“Full­back looks like his po­si­tion. He is tak­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

“He is de­cep­tive. He doesn’t look huge but he has the foot­work and dummy and while he’s a dif­fer­ent build to Mil­ford, he plays like him in that he dum­mies a lot and uses foot­work, and you can’t brace for him when he comes at you.”

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RIP­PER ROOKIE: Cameron Mun­ster of the Storm.

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