|Eager Beaver blows away the Storm
Greg Prichard -
30 Jun '02
Steve "Beaver" Menzies always impresses when he
talks about loyalty, but he never gets the point across
better than when he goes out there and plays from the
Menzies did it again yesterday, backing up from playing a
splendid game for NSW in State of Origin III on Wednesday
to lead the Northern Eagles out of the doldrums against
The Storm didn't do anything stunning in the first half,
but the Eagles were even shabbier and Melbourne led 16-8
at the break.
But once Eagles coach Peter Sharp had made a few choice
points and the players had taken the opportunity to
think, it all spun around.
Twenty-eight unanswered points later and the Eagles had
blown the Storm away.
It was their fourth win from four starts at Brookvale
Oval this season, following on from victories over Sydney
Roosters, St George Illawarra and Wests Tigers.
Lock and captain Menzies showed the way, scoring the
first of his two tries within one minute of the game
resuming to get the home side buzzing again.
There was no stopping the Eagles from there, as Menzies,
second-rower Nik Kosef, halfback Luke Dorn, prop Danny
Lima and second-rower John Hopoate all made tremendous
It was a typically wholehearted performance from Menzies,
who has had a couple of opportunities to leave the Eagles
during their tough times for more money elsewhere.
Each time he stayed, citing club loyalty as the reason.
Last night he was looking for a rest after two games in
less than 72 hours.
"I was getting a bit tired out there," Menzies
said. "But it was great to get back to Brookvale. I
love playing at this ground and other teams are finding
it pretty hard to beat us here."
The crowd of 5,484 was disappointing, but the game was
only switched from NorthPower Stadium at Gosford early in
the week. The Eagles are hoping a run at the finals will
bump attendances back up in their remaining games at
Brookvale this season.
The Eagles had put the Storm away by midway through the
After Menzies had scored his first, tries followed from
wingers John Hopoate and Robert Miles and Hopoate again
and after 61 minutes the Eagles were cruising at 30-16.
Menzies then scored his second before the Storm came up
with what wouldn't have even registered as a consolation
try from prop Peter Robinson.
It was a spectacular improvement by the Eagles from a
first half during which the Storm made plenty of mistakes
and the Eagles were even worse.
The Eagles made it their business to blow Melbourne away
and did it by cutting their error rate down, dictating
the pace of the game and keeping the ball alive.
Afterwards, downcast Melbourne captain Stephen Kearney
said his side had let themselves down badly.
"We thought we had turned it around last weekend
(against South Sydney), but we were too soft today,"
"We should have come out with more zest and hunger
after half-time, but our second half was just poor."
Eagles: 36 (Tries: Miles 2, Menzies 2, Hopoate 2,
Dorn. Goals: Williamson 4/7)
Melbourne Storm: 22 (Tries: Ross, Langi, Swain,
Robinson. Goals: Orford 3/4) .
Brookvale Oval, 29 June '02
Steve Menzies (c).