They were not playing for points in 2010, but in 2011, and with a possible Origin berth up for grabs, Melbourne Storm halfback Cooper Cronk is in the form of his life according to Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy.
In the battle against Scott Prince, Melbourne v Gold Coast, it was Cronk who came out on top, and that puts him one step ahead of his fellow Queenslander.
He goes up against another fellow Queenslander, and the incumbent QLD halfback, Jonathon Thurston, in what will an intriguing battle between the two.
Cronk does have one-up on his counterpart though, having played halfback during the Four Nations whilst Thurston was out injured.
Melbourne who cruised home 40-12, says that he believes that Cronk is more than ready to be the QLD halfback.
“Cooper is one of the best competitors I’ve ever had anything to do with,” Bellamy said.
“He’s certainly led from the front in the first two games and it’s great to see him in a good head space now, it’s great to see him playing like that.”
Cronk who made his debut for the Storm back in 2004, is in the shape of his life according to Bellamy.
“I don’t think he’s ever been fitter than he has this year, which is a little bit surprising,” Bellamy said.
“He’s always been a good trainer, but it’s just as though he’s gone a little harder this year.”