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Storm captain Cameron Smith reveals Cameron Munster’s reaction to criticism
March 1, 2018 12:09pm|
by James Hooper and Ben Glover|
Source: FOX SPORTS
Cameron Munster ‘copped his whacks’ in the pre-season.Cameron Munster ‘copped his whacks’ in the pre-season.Source: AAP
STORM captain Cameron Smith says the club’s troubled five-eighth Cameron Munster has turned the corner after a rocky off-season and is well on his way to sorting out the “small issues he has”.
Munster was pulled into line by Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy last year after the young playmaker got into a physical altercation with Ben Hunt while in camp with the Kangaroos during the World Cup.
That story prompted reports that the Storm were considering drastic action, with one NRL.com story suggesting he was close to getting released.
Senior Storm players like Billy Slater are helping Cameron Munster with his development.Senior Storm players like Billy Slater are helping Cameron Munster with his development.Source: AAP
While Bellamy denied a release had been discussed, the strong reaction inside and outside the club has sparked a change in Munster, according to his skipper.
“To Cameron’s credit he’s been fantastic since I came back to training, I’ve been back about five weeks now,” Smith told Fox Sports.
“The way he’s applied himself to his training, he seems very focused on his rugby league, he seems very focused on his life away from the field as well.
“He’s doing a lot of things away from training in his own life to help him sort out some small issues that he has.
“I know he’s copped his whacks over the past month from people in our club, from people outside our club.
“But to his credit he’s only a young man, he’s made some steps forward himself to better himself outside of football.”
Those steps include finding his equilibrium with the demon drink, with Bellamy last month admitting Munster’s issues were mostly alcohol related.
“Deep down he’s a really good kid. I think everyone really likes him,” Bellamy told Channel 7.
“Early he had some rough edges we had to fold off a touch. Following that World Cup he just seemed to lose his way there for a little bit.
“At times, he has some issues every now and then when he drinks alcohol.
“He needs to temper that and understand how much he can drink or can’t drink so he doesn’t do silly things.”
Munster’s responsibility within the Storm set-up will grow significantly in 2018, with the 23-year-old assuming the role of the premiers’ senior half following the departure of Cooper Cronk.
Having already conquered the Origin arena with an outstanding debut and winning two man of the match awards for the Kangaroos during the World Cup, Munster is starting to gain a reputation as a player who can be depended upon on the field.
However Smith said he would be expected to match his on-field consistency with what he does away from the training paddock — and only then will he reach his full potential.
“I think I’m looking for the same thing he produces on the field from us, the consistency,” Smith said.
“Craig has always spoken about that in his time as head coach, that if you can build consistency into your life away from football, it brings consistency on the field as well.”
Cameron Munster has a big role to play for the Storm in 2018.Cameron Munster has a big role to play for the Storm in 2018.Source: Getty Images