Brodie Croft has shown there’s life at Melbourne after Cooper Cronk with a stellar performance in the NRL champions’ emphatic World Club Challenge win over Leeds. Croft was given first crack at the No.7 jumper made vacant by veteran Cronk’s shift to the Sydney Roosters and made the most of the opportunity in Friday night’s 38-4 victory at AAMI Park. The win is Melbourne’s third WCC title, also taking the crown in 2000 and 2013. They draw level with Leeds and sit one behind Wigan. The only dampener on the night for Melbourne was the loss of Test fullback Billy Slater, who didn’t return after halftime due to a jarred shoulder, although Storm coach Craig Bellamy said post-match there were “no alarm bells” and his departure was a precautionary measure. Croft, 20, handled the pressure with aplomb, scoring a try and setting up five others as the Storm looked sharp in their first run of the year with a full-strength side. Bellamy was impressed by his team’s showing and said it was a promising start for Croft. “I thought he was really good and we expected that of him to be honest,” Bellamy said. “We don’t expect him to be… Read full this story
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