It started with the Cooper Cronk’s announcement that he was staying in Melbourne, and it finished with a Storm win at their home stadium against the Newcastle Knights.

It was another top performance from Cooper Cronk, that catapulted the Storm to the win – with the Storm still the only undefeated team left in the NRL.

From the get-go, the Knights had the odds against them, with the club facing a hoodoo – having last won a game in Melbourne back in 2004.

The Storm were in control for a good portion of the game, before a late flurry from the Newcastle Knights, resulted in the score gaining some respectability for the Knights.

“We’re disappointed with that ending but that first 60 minutes was really good,” he said. “That was probably near as good as we’ve played this year.”

Storm captain Cam Smith was disappointed with some of his side’s silly errors, and gave his team-mates as gobful, as a result.

“They were short-cuts, and this team’s not about that,” Smith said.

“You can’t be happy with putting a good 60 minutes of football together and then putting the feet in the slippers. You’ve got to play the full 80 minutes so I thought I better let the boys know that.”

Although Bennett was most disappointed with the try his side conceded before half-time, he was pleased with parts of his team’s overall effort.

“I thought we played some really good football for long periods of time,” Bennett said.

“They’re a quality football team and they have been for a long period of time.

“We’re a long way off where we want to be but there was a lot of things I was pleased about. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for me.

“I’m pretty optimistic about where we can go.”

The only downside for the Storm, was an ankle sprain to second-rower Sika Manu.

By ricky

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