Smith in fine form for 350th out­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

MEL­BOURNE love a mile­stone al­most as much as they love Cameron Smith so they were never go­ing to lose a game that in­volved both.

The Storm cel­e­brated their skip­per’s 350th game with a crush­ing 40- 6 win over Manly at AAMI Park yes­ter­day.

Smith joined Can­ter­bury great Terry Lamb on the mark and now has Dar­ren Lock­yer’s record of 355 in sight by sea­son’s end.

The vic­tory reaf­firmed Mel­bourne’s sta­tus as rag­ing ti­tle favourites, while the Sea Ea­gles cling to sev­enth spot.

In typ­i­cal Smith fash­ion, the 34- year- old didn’t sit back and bask in the glory but topped his team’s tackle count and had four try as­sists from their haul of seven, de­spite tak­ing a pec­toral in­jury into the game.

Mel­bourne rookie Jahrome Hughes, who played full­back with Cameron Mun­ster re­vert­ing to five- eighth, opened the scor­ing thanks to a back­hand pass from Smith.

The Sea- Ea­gles hit back through winger Matt Wright af­ter a long cut- out pass from full­back Tom Tr­bo­je­vic, who was one of his team’s best.

A Storm try in the 39th minute to Su­liasi Vu­ni­valu crushed the Sea Ea­gles’ spir­its.

Shortly af­ter half- time hard­work­ing sec­ond- rower Joe Stim­son ran on to a Smith ball and with the lead out to 18- 6 Mel­bourne never looked back.

Tries from Kenny Bromwich, Will Cham­bers, Cooper Cronk and Josh Addo- Carr blew out the score.

Manly’s Ad­din Fonua- Blake was put on re­port for a high tackle on Cronk.

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