Storm celebrate Smith’s 300th in style
ANY team that had written off Melbourne Storm this NRL season better grab a tape of last night’s rout and quickly.
The Storm came out of their annual State of Origin slump and roared back into form last night with a 10- try haul against the hapless Penrith Panthers at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.
The 52- 10 Round 19 thrashing was the perfect way to celebrate skipper Cameron Smith’s 300th game. The much- needed victory ended a four- game losing streak and reminded the competition of Melbourne’s potency even without the wizardry of Queensland’s usual Origin fullback Billy Slater.
The issue over the past month has been their disjointed attack. But last night they could do no wrong.
Winger Marika Koroibete was unstoppable, halfback Cooper Cronk, who opened the scoring in the fifth minute, untouchable. Melbourne had winners in every position against an undermanned and overwhelmed Panthers outfit.
Melbourne had the match won by halftime, leading 26- 0 after a brilliant start.
The Storm will have the opportunity to build momentum heading into September with a favourable draw to come.