Perfect win for Smith’s 300th games

MELBOURNE – Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith says his team has set a benchmark for their NRL season in their stunning 52-10 win over Penrith in his 300th match.

The Storm players, led by halfback Cooper Cronk, lifted to turn in easily their best performance of the year.

The margin of the 10-try victory was the largest by any team so far this season.

Smith was delighted with the performance for personal reasons, but said it was more important for the club, who went into the AAMI Park match after four successive losses.

He addressed the team post match and told them it couldn’t be a one-off.

“We’ve been close in most of the games that we’ve been in the last six weeks but just haven’t quite got there but we have turned the corner,” Smith said.

“We just need to stay on that path now.

“It just showed what we’re capable of doing and we shouldn’t need a milestone or a big occasion to do that.

“We can look back on that game now and say that’s a bench-mark for our team for the rest of the season.”

The Storm’s attack had been lacklustre of late, but Cronk, electric winger Marika Koroibete and second-rower Kevin Proctor all chimed in with two tries apiece.