Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk proved the moment yet again why he is particular to believe the Australian No.7 jumper with a five-star display in the Storm’s 42-eighteen NRL thumping of North Queensland on Sunday evening.
Challenged briefly, the Storm juggernaut rolled by way of Townsville as Melbourne managed their unbeaten begin to the time.
What was intended to be the Storm’s hardest exam of 2012 turned into a cakewalk – Will Chambers, Kevin Proctor and Matt Duffie all scoring doubles in the eight tries to 3 rout.
And Cronk was at the centre of most of the carnage – the not too long ago re-signed playmaker utilising an array of passes and kicks to play a leading role in 5 of the tries.
The Cowboys – who opened the scoring much less than two min’s into the contest by way of a intelligent Matt Bowen try out – threatened to make a recreation of it when Gavin Cooper crossed on the stroke of halftime to lower the Storm direct to just four at the break.
But a few tries in the 14 minutes after the restart blew the house side absent, veteran prop Jason Ryles kick-starting up the rot when he barged over from short assortment in the forty third minute.
It took the Storm just 5 min’s to reply to the Cowboys’ early salvo, with Cronk sending Duffie more than out wide.
Cowboys skipper Johnathan Thurston was no likelihood of stopping Proctor from quick variety prior to the Storm turned on the razzle-dazzle with a Cronk grubber in driving the defensive line pounced on by Billy Slater, who fed Ryan Hinchcliffe for a 16-6 lead.
The Cowboys played some hot potato soccer to strike again before the break only for the Storm to put on a next stanza clinic with five tries.
The only pleasure for the Cowboys in the 2nd fifty percent was a potent James Tamou try just right after the hour, the prop displaying just why he has caught the eye of NSW Origin coach Ricky Stuart when he conquer a few players in a 20 metre operate to the line.
Storm skipper Cameron Smith praised his side’s relentless show, particularly the 26-6 second fifty percent scoreline.
“That is possibly a single area that we require to enhance on from the very first 5 rounds,” Smith explained of the second 50 percent energy.
“We seem to be ready to get away to great starts and set some factors on but slacken off in the 2nd 40.
“We permit a consider in there late but I imagined we really kept our foot down tonight and place some very good details on the board.”
Fullback Billy Slater failed to rating a consider for the first time this year, but said it was good to see the total facet combining well.
“When we experienced the chance to play footy everybody was doing their part and managing the correct lines – it really is usually good when everybody’s on,” Slater explained.
It was an disappointed way for Cowboys hooker Aaron Payne to mark his 200th recreation for the club, specially right after fighting their way back into the match.
“It was there to gain at halftime and (coach Neil Henry) will be let down that we did not get into a grind with them,” Payne explained.
“We’ve dropped a few out of our four house video games – it’s something we are planning to have to perform on.”