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'Up a notch'

Moiz Munif
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith has urged Fiji Bati rep Suliasi Vunivalu and other young talents in his squad to go up a notch in their World Club Challenge match against Leeds Rhinos this Friday in Australia.

The match will have the National Rugby League (NRL) and Super League champions to clash and determine the current best league club in the world.

"They all performed fairly well on the big stage, but there's going to be an opportunity for a couple of guys to play in their first big game (on Friday), Smith told

"I know that's happened in the past — the last time we played in the World Club Challenge was Tohu Harris's first match in the top squad, and he went on to become quite an elite player in the competition."

Smith is keen to see the young players respond to his challenge.

"We'll be looking for a couple of the younger guys in the squad to step up again.

"If you allude to players like Curtis Scott, Josh Addo-Carr and Suliasi Vunivalu, I think they are all very much looking forward to this game.

"They all played extremely well last year.

"This is a new season, and they're into their second or third year in the elite competition, so they should be looking to make a mark on this match as well."

Vunivalu was a vital part of the Storm squad last year.

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