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Cheyse Blair came to Storm for an opportunity and it took just seven minutes for him to take it.

The winger’s 65-metre try against the Titans was the perfect start to a memorable Storm debut.

A late inclusion into the side for the injured Marika Koroibete, Blair was superb with 135 metres to go along with his maiden try in purple.

Be at AAMI Park when we take on the Panthers in Round 13, Saturday 4 June, 7:30pm.

After battling and overcoming injuries in the early part of the season, Sunday’s first game in a Storm jersey was just reward for enduring a difficult start to the year.

“I didn’t even realise what it is like to play in a team with Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk, you don’t realise until you play with them how they control the game,” Blair said.

“For myself it’s not only good to get a win but to play for such a great club is awesome.

“The opportunity was one of the reasons I first came down here. I had a few hiccups in the pre-season with injury and stuff like that but I’m grateful I got my opportunity and now it’s my opportunity to try and stay there.”

There is hardly a better way to announce yourself to a new side than with a breakaway try.

However Blair admits that when he intercepted the David Mead kick he was not entirely confident of travelling the distance.

“To be honest I didn’t think so,” Blair said.

“I saw William Zillman and he’s a pretty quick fella so I just knew I had to put the foot down. I didn’t think I was going to get there but I was happy I did.” 

Acknowledgement of Country

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