Hunt on a mis­sion to stop Smith

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL -

BEN Hunt is hun­gry for grand fi­nal re­demp­tion as the makeshift Bron­cos hooker braces for a sud­den-death show­down with Storm champion Cameron Smith in Mel­bourne on Fri­day.

It is al­most two years to the day since Hunt suf­fered the low point of his ca­reer, drop­ping the ex­tra-time kick-off that pre­ceded Johnathan Thurston’s field goal in that dev­as­tat­ing grand fi­nal loss. But Hunt has shown the men­tal re­solve to fight back and he shapes as a crit­i­cal fig­ure in Bris­bane’s blue­print to am­bush Mel­bourne at AAMI Park.

Hunt, who will join the Dragons on a $6 mil­lion deal next sea­son, played his fi­nal home game at Sun­corp Sta­dium on Fri­day night in the 13-6 semi-fi­nal dis­posal of Pen­rith.

“Cam Smith is the best hooker of all-time and it doesn’t get eas­ier, but we need to fo­cus on the whole Mel­bourne side,” Hunt said.

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