Up against a star studded Cowboys pack, Melbourne’s forward group continued their strong form on Saturday night.
Facing the formidable North Queensland front-row boasting three internationals, Storm’s forwards led by Jesse Bromwich set the platform for their attack as they have done for the majority of the season.
Following his side’s win over the reigning premiers in Townsville, Melbourne Captain Cameron Smith took the time to praise his group, who continue to raise the bar with little fanfare.
“Our ruck has been fantastic all year,” Smith said.
“Maybe because we are way down south in Melbourne they don’t get too many wraps or the wraps they should get.
“I think they have been exceptional to be honest.”
Storm has used 11 players through its forward rotation in 2016. Not even a spate of injuries mid-year could derail their run with the next player called upon stepping up to fill the void.
With the likes of the versatile Kenny Bromwich developing into regular first-graders and filling a variety of roles, Craig Bellamy now has multiple options at his disposal approaching the pointy end of the season.
“All of their performances this year, they’ve given Cooper, Blake Green and Cameron Munster opportunities to do their thing out wide,” Smith said.
“Obviously Jesse is having a good season again but guys like Tim Glasby who was back tonight, Dale Finucane, Kenny Bromwich, they are all playing really good football and that’s what I’ve been really pleased with and I’m sure the coaches are the same.
“We just need to keep that momentum going now.”