Bellamy’s praise for our Origin boys
Most people would get tired at just the thought of playing two games in less than 48 hours let alone actually doing it.
However that is exactly what Cooper Cronk and Will Chambers did, pulling on the purple jersey in Melbourne two days after they were wearing a Maroon one in Brisbane.
They did not just make up the numbers either.
Cronk had the decisive hand in four of Storm’s seven tries while Chambers was again at his rock-solid best in defence.
The pair received much deserved praise from the coach after helping guide Melbourne to a 40-12 win over Newcastle on Friday night.
“That game was extra quick on Wednesday night and for those guys to back up and do what they did, it is a great credit to them,” Bellamy said.
“It just goes to show they’ve got a great love for the Club.”
Having to back up from Origin duty has almost become second nature for Cronk.
However the 33-year-old, who captained Storm in the absence of Cameron Smith, admitted this attempt was one of his most difficult.
“The first 40 minutes of that game on Wednesday night was the toughest 40 minutes I have been a part of,” Cronk said.
“With two kids out there, one making their debut, Felise Kaufusi’s 50th game, if it is important to them it is important to us.
You just get the job done, you role the sleeves up and you do what you can for the team.
“At the end of the day if you can just perform your role to the best of your ability it helps the other guys play their role and that is the strength of this football team. No matter who is in or out, you just rely on each and every one of them doing their job.”