It was the orange shoes that Billy Slater was wearing, that gave him jet-like abilities, as he darted and weaved his way through the Bulldogs defence.
In the NRL, we are accustomed to tries, the first try at least, coming at around the 5 or so minute mark, but not in this match.
This match was something special, with the first try being scored after just 49 seconds, following an error from Ben Barba, who attempted to bat the ball back into the field of play off a Cronk 40/20.
With the Bulldogs on the attack, and with a chance to tie the game, the Dogs were denied a try, when it was ruled by video ref Phil Ward, that Jake Foster had taken Cronk out of play to make the tackle.
The Storm showed all the early dominance, and at half-time, they were clearly on top, as they led 18-4 at the break.
The Bulldogs did show spirit and character in the second half, but it was not enough to deny the Storm the win, who were clearly the better team.
For Bulldogs skipper Andrew Ryan, he acknowledges that it was poor ball control that cost his side the game, especially in the first half.
“They can throw a lot at you and we helped their cause,” he said.
“We were only at about 40 or 50 per cent in our completion so when you give them that much pill it makes it very hard to win a half of footy.”
Craig Bellamy was over the moon with his side’s performance, highlighting their strong levels of commitment and attitude from the kick-off as great to see.
“Last week we didn’t respect possession and looked for short cuts to score points and get field position,” Bellamy said.
“We were determined to make amends for our performance and the result was a good one for us.”
Dally M Points
3 Cooper Cronk
2 Billy Slater
1 Matt Duffie