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-       Competition - NRL Premiership
-       Round - Round 08 ANZAC DAY
-       Teams – Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors
-       Date – 25th of April 2016
-       Venue – AAMI Park, Melbourne VIC
-       Photographer – Brett Crockford
-       Description –

There were reasons to smile wherever you turned following Storm’s 42-0 triumph against the Warriors on ANZAC Day.

The night started with four tries inside the opening 23 minutes and only got better from there for the purple faithful.

For the first time this season the Storm attack was in full flight with seven different try scorers on their way to the Club’s biggest win of the season.

“Tonight our attack was really good, really sharp especially our first 20 or 30 minutes which is what we’ve been looking for,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy said.

“Everyone has worked really, really hard. Obviously the players and the coaches, especially Adam O’Brien one of our assistant coaches, has been working really hard on that.

“The boys got a little bit of reward for that tonight but we’ve got to make sure we keep that up and keep working hard.”

Skipper Cameron Smith shared the thoughts of his coach post-match.

“We were just in sync tonight with our attack. It has been threatening for a while now, we’ve worked extremely hard at training to try and improve our football down that end and improve our attack,” Smith said.

“It is a nice little reminder that when we do get it right we are a very, very good footy side.

“People say our attack is predictable and they know it’s coming but at the end of the day they’ve got to stop it.”

While Storm’s attack finally fired for the full 80 minutes it was yet another strong performance from the forward pack that lead the way.

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden labeled the Storm pack ‘big’ after the game, an adjective not synonymous with Storm forwards in recent years.

“That is the first time any coach or anyone outside of this Club has labeled our forward pack ‘big’,” Smith said.

“Guys like Tim Glasby, Dale Finucane, Kenny Bromwich and even Jordan McLean, they are playing some really good football at the moment. They are giving guys like myself, Cooper and Greeny opportunities to play some footy.

“Their attitude and their work rate at the moment is just unbelievable. Time after time the coaches ask them to get up and they do it.”

Storm have now moved up to 3rd on the NRL ladder and will travel to the Gold Coast to take on the Titans next Sunday.

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.