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Saturday, 13 July 2019

Humble Smith heaps praise on peers in 400th


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A humble Cameron Smith has heaped praise on the “individuals who helped me get to 400” NRL games following the Storms emphatic 40-16 win over the Sharks on Saturday night.

It was a fitting victory in light of the momentous occasion as the NRL’s most capped player notched an unprecedented 400 games.

Smith was at his best, orchestrating his side’s stirring victory, and as always, leading with his boot from the kicker’s tee.

Following the occasion, the 36-year-old was full of nothing but gratitude as he celebrated the people around him who helped him on his way to the 400-mark.

“That was the most important thing for me tonight, to thank everyone that helped me get to this moment,” Smith told Fox Sports.

Cameron Smith notches his 400th NRL game

“It’s got to be Craig Bellamy. I think without his guidance and influence in this footy side, especially with myself in particular I couldn’t have got to this number.

“If I would have had three or four coaches at this organisation, who knows I may have only played 100 or 200 games, if I was lucky. So, it starts with him.

“But you also think back to some combinations I’ve had here with some wonderful players, some of the greatest players who have ever played our game: Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis just off the top of my head.

“I was really fortunate as a rookie that I came into a system with some wonderful senior players…that really showed us how to be first graders and have that high standard everyday we come to training and every game on the weekend.”

Melbourne Storm celebrate victory over the Sharks

The competition leaders survived a second-half stumble on Saturday night when the Sharks fought back to within two points before the Storm piled on a further four tries to secure victory.

It was sweet revenge as the Sharks were the last team to beat Melbourne in round eight.

The party started early, with a light show and tributes from former teammates Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater, before Smith - wearing custom-made gold boots - ran on to the field.

Five-eighth Cameron Munster kept the crowd on their feet as he opened the scoring in the fourth minute when he ran onto Jahrome Hughes grubber into the in-goal.

The Sharks settled with winger Aaron Gray, part of a reshuffle after Matt Moylan's withdrawal, scoring in the 11th minute via a sweeping backline move.

The remainder of the first half was all Storm as they took advantage of some sloppy Sharks handling and discipline to charge to an 18-4 lead.

Cronulla's cause wasn't helped with Josh Dugan limping off from fullback with a hamstring injury.

But Melbourne looked like they'd popped the cork too early, with the Sharks on the hunt early in the second stanza.

Tries to Kurt Capewell and Shaun Johnson in four minutes pulled the visitors back to trail only 18-16 before Smith gathered his troops into a huddle.

His words hit home with Melbourne regrouping and crossing twice in four minutes - through Brodie Croft and Justin Olam - to skip away unchallenged and ensure Smith's record night ended in style.

-with AAP

A humble Cameron Smith has heaped praise on the “individuals who helped me get to 400” NRL games following the Storms emphatic 40-16 win over the Sharks on Saturday night.

It was a fitting victory in light of the momentous occasion as the NRL’s most capped player notched an unprecedented 400 games.

Smith was at his best, orchestrating his side’s stirring victory, and as always, leading with his boot from the kicker’s tee.

Following the occasion, the 36-year-old was full of nothing but gratitude as he celebrated the people around him who helped him on his way to the 400-mark.

“That was the most important thing for me tonight, to thank everyone that helped me get to this moment,” Smith told Fox Sports.

Cameron Smith notches his 400th NRL game

“It’s got to be Craig Bellamy. I think without his guidance and influence in this footy side, especially with myself in particular I couldn’t have got to this number.

“If I would have had three or four coaches at this organisation, who knows I may have only played 100 or 200 games, if I was lucky. So, it starts with him.

“But you also think back to some combinations I’ve had here with some wonderful players, some of the greatest players who have ever played our game: Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis just off the top of my head.

“I was really fortunate as a rookie that I came into a system with some wonderful senior players…that really showed us how to be first graders and have that high standard everyday we come to training and every game on the weekend.”

Melbourne Storm celebrate victory over the Sharks

The competition leaders survived a second-half stumble on Saturday night when the Sharks fought back to within two points before the Storm piled on a further four tries to secure victory.

It was sweet revenge as the Sharks were the last team to beat Melbourne in round eight.

The party started early, with a light show and tributes from former teammates Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater, before Smith - wearing custom-made gold boots - ran on to the field.

Five-eighth Cameron Munster kept the crowd on their feet as he opened the scoring in the fourth minute when he ran onto Jahrome Hughes grubber into the in-goal.

The Sharks settled with winger Aaron Gray, part of a reshuffle after Matt Moylan's withdrawal, scoring in the 11th minute via a sweeping backline move.

The remainder of the first half was all Storm as they took advantage of some sloppy Sharks handling and discipline to charge to an 18-4 lead.

Cronulla's cause wasn't helped with Josh Dugan limping off from fullback with a hamstring injury.

But Melbourne looked like they'd popped the cork too early, with the Sharks on the hunt early in the second stanza.

Tries to Kurt Capewell and Shaun Johnson in four minutes pulled the visitors back to trail only 18-16 before Smith gathered his troops into a huddle.

His words hit home with Melbourne regrouping and crossing twice in four minutes - through Brodie Croft and Justin Olam - to skip away unchallenged and ensure Smith's record night ended in style.

-with AAP

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