Getting to the Cam Smith verdict first, and whilst his trashing on Issac Luke on Saturday night was not a great look, this was the only correct outcome. It was surprising – wait scratch that – it was predictable to hear the comments after the game that wanted Smith’s head. If he does it again, he’s not getting away with, but to say that it wasn’t anything but accidental is a pretty serious allegation to make. Not about to consider that the captain of the Kangaroos, Queensland and Storm is lining up blokes to kick them in the face. Move on.
Now sitting atop the ladder after 10 rounds of footy is not something I expected. I read the previews, I bought the talk, ‘the Storm’s era of dominance is over’. That’s not great to hear, but it had an air of truth around it, particularly after how ended last year. But Bellamy has re-invigorated this side, changed the dynamic to make it more complete than it has been in the past
That being said however, the game against the Bunnies was a slog. Luke Keary and Aaron Gray showed class and resilience to bring South Sydney back into the contest. Had it gone 5 minutes longer, you might have backed them in. Fortunately however, it never got there, and our boys scored the needed win to see ourselves sitting pretty on top of the ladder, with a healthy point differential.
We’re not quite at the halfway point of the season, and yes the finish line is really nowhere in sight, but hell if we can’t at least enjoy some of this.