With prop Jordan McLean forced from the field early on Friday night, Kenny Bromwich was thrown into the fray and performed with aplomb in the heat of the Suncorp cauldron.
The 24-year old utility forward played 48 minutes, ran for 152 metres (second to brother Jesse, secured a linebreak assist as well as three tackles busts receiving plaudits from his coach.
“We lost Jordan McLean early, one of our big guys. We’ve lost Tim Glasby and Nelson in the last couple of weeks - we’re down on troops at the moment,” Craig Bellamy said post match.
“Kenny came off the bench tonight first change for Macca after about 15-20 minutes and he was one of the best players on the field.”
“These guys (young players) keep doing a good job for us.
Bellamy’s thoughts were echoed by Storm Captain Cameron Smith in the sheds following the 42-point victory.
“The forwards were great again, I can’t give those guys a big enough wrap for the way they have played this season,” Smith said.
“Kenny Bromwich was outstanding tonight, one of our best players on the park.”
Bromwich has played every game so far in 2016, starting on four occasions, providing Melbourne with plenty of spark off the bench in a forward pack which has gone from strength to strength in the opening two thirds of the year.
The Manurewa Marlins junior was also rewarded for his consistent form at club level with his international debut for New Zealand in May’s ANZAC Test.