Melbourne captain Cameron Smith’s touching advice for axed Storm young gun Brodie Crofthttps://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-pr ... 50913f1768
MELBOURNE captain Cameron Smith has leapt to the defence of axed young gun Brodie Croft and claimed the rest of the Storm players can share the blame for him being dropped.
Croft was brutally punted by Storm coach Craig Bellamy following last week’s loss to the Wests Tigers in New Zealand.
Croft looked out of sorts and was heavily criticised for his performance against the Tigers, and was replaced in the side by the older Ryley Jacks for round 6.
Jacks looked solid as Melbourne rolled Newcastle, registering two try assists.
And Smith agreed Jacks had enjoyed a good performance when asked about his halfback in the post-game press conference.
But he took the opportunity to throw his support behind youngster Croft, who has stepped up to fill the shoes of champion half Cooper Cronk this year.
“(Croft and Jacks) are two totally different players to start with, let’s get that out there,” Smith began.
“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.
“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.
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“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.”
Coach Bellamy gave no hint as to which halfback he would pick for next week’s game against the Broncos in Brisbane.