BIG moments might win State of Origin games, but it is the little things that propel players to the game’s biggest stage.
When Melbourne Storm coaches sit down to review Sunday’s “edits” — coach talk for video clips of interest — they must start and end with Josh Addo-Carr’s appetite for contest.
Don’t be fooled.
This is not about the NRL’s fastest man breaking open games with explosive runs — as easy as it is to be seduced by the premiership-winner’s brilliance with the ball.
While Addo-Carr failed to get on the end of a four-pointer, the Blacktown junior, who debuted for New South Wales last Wednesday night at the MCG, was the fire starter in Storm’s come-from-behind 32-16 victory over Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park.
Every time he went near the ball, Addo-Carr looked dangerous — regardless of whether he had possession or not.
No wonder a well-rested Storm captain Cameron Smith, who watched Origin I from the commentary box after hanging up the representative boots last month, kept peppering Broncos skipper Darius Boyd with sweetly timed kicks early in sets.
Addo-Carr chased every one with intent.
Sorry, make that hunted every one with intent, mowing down Boyd time and time again deep in the backfield.
None better than a 60-metre Addo-Carr burst less than five minutes into the second half that not only pegged Boyd up against the corner post but prohibited the Broncos star from going anywhere but across the sideline.
They came from everywhere the men in purple jerseys and then scored from the corresponding scrum feed, through another Origin debutant in Felise Kaufusi.
With Smith marshalling traffic out of dummy half with darting runs and soft hands the Melbourne machine did not look back again, scoring three of the next four tries to run away convincing winners.
Fresh of his second Origin game, Cameron Munster overcame a slow start to score along with Suliasi Vunivalu and Jahrome Hughes.
Vunivalu’s try ended a four-game drought for the flying Fijian who struggled early, especially under the high ball, but rallied late.
Errors again threatened to prove costly for Storm, who trailed 8-12 at half-time after gifting the Broncos valuable territory off the back of sloppy carries and a blown bomb.
Apart from the early jitters, the only sour note for Storm could be an apparent hamstring injury to luckless enforcer Jesse Bromwich.
Playing just his second game back from a month on the sidelines with a knee problem, Bromwich left the field midway through the second half.
MELBOURNE 32 (J Hughes F Kaufusi C Munster Y Tonumaipea S Vunivalu tries C Smith 6 goals) bt BRISBANE 16 (D Boyd J Isaako J Kahu tries J Isaako 2 goals) at AAMI Park. Referee: Ben Cummins, Matt Noyen. Crowd: 17,006
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