Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Between rounds 16 and 19 the Melbourne Storm had seemingly gone into crisis mode after four straight losses.
During this time they lost to two bottom eight sides in the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and Canberra Raiders and were also defeated with ease by the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks and South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Since their loss to the Rabbitohs the Storm have gotten back to winning ways by first defeating the Warriors in New Zealand before a big win over the Gold Coast Titans.
Granted both these teams are in the bottom four but the big story coming out of the Titans game was Cameron Munster’s dominance upon moving back into the fullback role.
He would score a hat trick on the night and easily be the best player on the field; however, Melbourne’s coach Craig Bellamy decided to move Munster back to five-eighth for their clash with the table-topping Penrith Panthers last night where they went on to win and hold the Panthers scoreless.
Bellamy revealed his plan for Munster going forward in the post-match press conference.
“It worked pretty well last week as well,” Bellamy said.
“We weren’t quite sure earlier in the week on which way we were going to go.
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“We trained both of them [Munster and Meaney] there.
“I think we will probably look at it on our opposition and what we think the best way to use Munster and the best way to use Nick and their strengths [is].
“I’m not quite sure we’ll actually stick with Munster at fullback all the time but we need to have a bit of a chat about that with the leaders, obviously our halves and see what the coaches think.”
Melbourne’s next game will take them to Brisbane for a clash with the Broncos that could have top four ramifications before they return home to face the in-form Sydney Roosters.
These next two games will truly indicate whether the Storm are back or have just had an easy win against two bottom four teams and an under-strength powerhouse.