Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith has revealed how he urged his troops to remain calm when the Sydney Roosters took what looked to be a decisive 10-point lead late in Thursday night’s thriller.
In what was a back-and-forth contest for the majority of the night, the high-flying Roosters took a 22-12 lead after Josh Morris’ second try of the night.
However, the Storm burst to life, with tries to Jahrome Hughes (71st minute) and Paul Momirovski (73rd minute), before Smith sealed the win in Golden Point with a penalty goal in the 27-25 win at Suncorp Stadium.
Speaking after the win, Smith told Nine’s Darren Lockyer what his message to his teammates was when they found themselves in a late hole.
“It was just about staying calm,” Smith said on Nine’s Macca’s Golden Point.
“There was plenty of time on the clock and I just had belief and we all had belief that we could come up with something.
“There’s some quality players in our footy side and one of them tonight, Jahrome Hughes, I thought he was great, he came up with a crucial try there at the end to bring us back into it.
“I probably learnt a lot from spending time with (Lockyer) in big matches. When you play in big games, you play against the good sides, you need to have a cool head and have everyone stick to the game plan.
“I thought we did that and thankfully Papenhuyzen came up with the return field goal.
“He’s been practicing a fair bit, so hard work pays off and it was nice to get a good win against the team I rate as the best team in the comp.”
Smith, arguably the game’s greatest ever hooker, had a rare start in the halfback position, and called the pulsating clash a “war” between the two sides.
“It’s been quite some time since I played in a game like that,” he said.
“If people weren’t entertained with that game of footy tonight, I don’t know how you’re going to entertain them.
“That’s what football is about. It’s a war with two really good footy sides. I was really proud of the way we just stuck in there.
“The Roosters are a good enough side to take that away from us when they’re up by 10, but we fought back and we fought to the end and that’s the type of team you want to be.”