Take into account it a Craig Bellamy masterstroke.
Melbourne arrived on Penrith’s house patch because the underdog on Thursday evening, however Bellamy performed Cameron Munster at fullback and Nelson Asofa-Solomona as an edge backrower.
The results of the double-edged shake-up was a 16-0 triumph.
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As Munster registered 194 run metres, made a linebreak and regularly requested questions of the Panthers defence, Asofa-Solomona piled up 130 run metres, together with 48 post-contact, churned out 25 tackles and ran damaging strains at Viliame Kikau and Penrith’s halves.
“He was particular tonight,” Sonny Invoice Williams mentioned of Asofa-Solomona’s sport on 9’s post-match present.
“These post-contact metres have been by way of the center of the ruck. I believe in that first 20 (minutes) he was particular. He laid that platform.
“Melbourne coming into this sport wanted a few their large guys to face up, and he actually did that, whether or not that was by way of the center or out vast tonight.
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“After we speak Melbourne we speak Munster, we speak the Cheese (Brandon Smith), however guys like this — these are the blokes which might be going to get them that (premiership) ring that they need on the finish of the 12 months.”
Andrew Johns was additionally impressed by Asofa-Solomona’s efficiency.
“The teaching choice to place him on Kikau — it was a masterstroke,” he mentioned.
Munster started his NRL profession as a fullback and returned to his native place final week, filling in for Ryan Papenhuyzen (knee) and Nick Meaney (concussion).
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The Queensland State of Origin playmaker retained the fullback function for the Panthers conflict regardless of the return of Meaney, who performed at five-eighth.
“He creates one thing out of nothing on a regular basis,” Asofa-Solomona mentioned of Munster.
“Once they kick the ball down he is operating the ball again and you do not have to show to get the ball. He is already simply acquired the ball and taking it 20 metres.
“While you’ve acquired Munster within the group you are a good likelihood of successful the sport, I reckon.”
Cooper Johns, Melbourne’s halfback whereas Jahrome Hughes is sidelined with a shoulder harm, described Munster at fullback as “dynamic”.
“Pops up (on) either side,” Johns mentioned.
“However he is a world-class five-eighth, too.”
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