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Sunday, 9 June 2019

'He'll still be running the show in his 70s'


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NRL legend Peter Sterling has lauded the ageless Cameron Smith after the Storm skipper put on another masterclass this week against the NZ Warriors.

The ladder-leaders began the match poorly and found themselves in a 10-2 hole before the first half, before Smith turned the ship around in the second half with a vintage performance.

At 35, Smith is definitely in the twilight of his career, but has looked revitalised over the past few seasons after retiring from the Origin arena, and Sterling suggested that the Storm star could continue playing as long as he liked.

"He's a phenomenon, he really is," Sterling told Wide World of Sports.

Cameron Smith

"He'll be still running the show in his 70s. He doesn't get tackled, he knows what to do, he'll play forever.

"He was unbelievable again in this game and he is the greatest thing that the Melbourne Storm have going for them in this Origin period.

"He just played with the Warriors in the second half and everybody went with him."

Smith's former Queensland Origin teammate Darren Lockyer also praised the veteran, saying the Storm would not have gotten over the line without his influence.

Ben Hunt

"They were 10-2 down and if you don't have Cameron Smith, you don't come back against the Warriors when they're in that mood," Lockyer said.

"He said it last year that he felt so much better mentally and physically for not playing Origin and the Storm get the benefits of that."

Smith's excellent performances caused major speculation surrounding a potential Origin return this season, particularly with the No.9 jersey a problem of sorts for Kevin Walters heading into the series.

However, Dragons halfback Ben Hunt slotted into the hooker position in Game 1 and was outstanding in the 18-14 win at Suncorp Stadium.

NRL legend Peter Sterling has lauded the ageless Cameron Smith after the Storm skipper put on another masterclass this week against the NZ Warriors.

The ladder-leaders began the match poorly and found themselves in a 10-2 hole before the first half, before Smith turned the ship around in the second half with a vintage performance.

At 35, Smith is definitely in the twilight of his career, but has looked revitalised over the past few seasons after retiring from the Origin arena, and Sterling suggested that the Storm star could continue playing as long as he liked.

"He's a phenomenon, he really is," Sterling told Wide World of Sports.

Cameron Smith

"He'll be still running the show in his 70s. He doesn't get tackled, he knows what to do, he'll play forever.

"He was unbelievable again in this game and he is the greatest thing that the Melbourne Storm have going for them in this Origin period.

"He just played with the Warriors in the second half and everybody went with him."

Smith's former Queensland Origin teammate Darren Lockyer also praised the veteran, saying the Storm would not have gotten over the line without his influence.

Ben Hunt

"They were 10-2 down and if you don't have Cameron Smith, you don't come back against the Warriors when they're in that mood," Lockyer said.

"He said it last year that he felt so much better mentally and physically for not playing Origin and the Storm get the benefits of that."

Smith's excellent performances caused major speculation surrounding a potential Origin return this season, particularly with the No.9 jersey a problem of sorts for Kevin Walters heading into the series.

However, Dragons halfback Ben Hunt slotted into the hooker position in Game 1 and was outstanding in the 18-14 win at Suncorp Stadium.

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