The Courier-Mail

Munster magic shows life

- CHRIS GARRY

ROCKHAMPTO­N rocket Cameron Munster has made things very awkward for Melbourne, who now boast two of the NRL’s best fullbacks.

The 20-year-old, who was on the Broncos’ books as a teenager, scored a sensationa­l hat-trick as the Storm outclassed Gold Coast 36-14 at AAMI Park yesterday.

He also ran for 206m, created another try and broke 12 tackles.

It was a breakout NRL performanc­e from a player former Broncos coach Anthony Griffin was frustrated to lose to the Storm in 2013.

Deputising for one of the all-time great fullbacks in Billy Slater, Munster showed he deserved to be there.

Titans coach Neil Henry said Munster made his team look “pedestrian”, hailing his speed and football instinct.

Slater is out for the season due to a shoulder injury and has become a part-time backs coach at the Storm.

Slater told Munster in the lead-up to the Titans game to focus on support play through the middle rather than chasing the ball from side to side.

Slater might have a career in coaching as his advice paid dividends, with Cooper Cronk regularly creating

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