Stats that mattered – Round 2
Storm’s kicking game yielded 670 meters gained last night and proved crucial in the 16-point victory over the Warriors. Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith combined for over 100 meters more than their New Zealand opponents, with Smith’s 40/20 kick in the second half providing his side with significant moment to close out the contest.
For the second straight week Felise Kaufusi got through the entire 80 minutes of play, putting in a big shift for Craig Bellamy’s side. An impact player off the interchange for the majority of the 2016 season, Kaufusi has started 2017 in strong fashion and has stepped up in the absence of experienced forwards.
Cameron Smith became the first forward in NRL history to score 2,000 premiership points on Friday night. The Storm skipper is just the sixth player overall to reach the milestone, ironically achieving the feat on the same night as great mate Johnathan Thurston who notched up the record against the Broncos in Brisbane.
After training for much of pre-season in the five-eighth role Cameron Munster displayed last night he has not lost any of his potency at fullback. Rock solid as always in defence, the Storm number one carried for 195 meters and was one of Melbourne’s best in tough conditions on the night creating points for his side in attack with two try assists.