Sport Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith: Ryley Jacks more mature than Brodie Croft

07:41  14 april  2018
07:41  14 april  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Melbourne captain Cameron Smith believes Brodie Croft has been the first to step up and show he can fill the Storm 's No.7 jersey vacated by Cooper Cronk. Storm skipper Smith claimed Croft was ahead of Ryley Jacks and Jahrome Hughes in the three-way race for the halfback role Cronk held at.

Melbourne captain Cameron Smith has backed recently dropped halfback Brodie Croft to regain the form that had many pundits comparing him to Cooper Cronk at the start of the year. The Storm smashed Newcastle 40-14 in front of 12,386 fans at AAMI Park and replacement No.7 Ryley Jacks

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The Storm smashed Newcastle 40-14 in front of 12,386 fans at AAMI Park and replacement No.7 Ryley Jacks helped steer a resurgent Melbourne outfit.

Following last week's disappointing loss to the Wests Tigers, coach Craig Bellamy decided to send 20-year-old Croft back to reserve grade and chose 25-year-old Jacks to replace him.

It proved the correct decision as the Storm ran in seven tries to the Knights' three on Friday night.

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But Smith said Croft will bounce back, and he believes the Storm's slow start to the season can't be blamed entirely on the youngster.

“(Croft and Jacks) are two totally different players to start with, let’s get that out there,” Smith told reporters following the game.

“But (Jacks) is an older player, he’s got a more mature head on his shoulders, he’s been around the game longer. So at certain moments in the game, or in certain plays, he tends not to get as flustered.

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Melbourne captain Cameron Smith has backed recently dropped halfback Brodie Croft to regain the form that had many pundits comparing him to Cooper Cronk at the start of the year.

With Cronk absent, the Storm will have to rejig their playing style and rely on Cameron Munster, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater to get more touches until Brodie Croft or perhaps even Ryley Jacks gets comfortable in the role.

“In saying that we haven’t helped Crofty with the way we’ve played.

“It is very hard as a No. 7 in our game to come up with big plays when your team is not going forward, they haven’t got field position and we don’t hold the ball.

“That’s on everyone. Crofty hasn’t been putting all the balls down. There’s some errors around him, but who hasn’t made errors in our team this year?

It’s not have a shot at Crofty night.

“But Jacksy played well tonight and he delivered that for us last year as well in the first half of the year when he was playing in our side, and we got good results around it.

“We’ll see what happens. I think Crofty is in a good frame of mind, he was pretty energetic this week.

“It’s hard to miss selection in the first-grade side and go play in the reserve grade side but he will be better for it. He’ll go back there, he won’t feel as much pressure on him, and he can play the way he plays.

“A little reminder to himself if he gets another opportunity at first grade just to come and do that.”

The Storm face a tough next month in the NRL, taking on the Broncos, Warriors, St George-Illawarra Dragons and Titans.

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