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Melbourne Storm...

The NFL. The efficient and almost recalcitrant ease with which the Storm disposed of the Dragons suggests this club would be even better suited to playing gridiron, a sport in which getting the basics right and listening to your coach is the first step to success. The amazing thing about the Storm's success on Good Friday is that it is still impressive even after four straight years of domination. Rugby league fans that can admire a team that plays tough, fast and attacking football, no matter what colour the jersey, surely agree that this Storm side, which doesn't look threatened at the moment, let alone close to a loss, is the standout side of the last two decades.

The Storm Forward Pack...

The Star Chart. To place some more stars for their commanding performances. What's most remarkable about Melbourne's consistent ability to strangle opposition packs over the last four-and-a-bit seasons is how varied the boys in purple 8 through 13 have been. In fact, of all the forwards, including reserves, from Melbourne's 2006 Grand Final loss to Brisbane, only Cameron Smith and Adam Blair played against the Dragons last Friday.

Penrith Panthers...

Ninth. It's actually where they are now. What to make of this team? They were barely there in the first half, letting the excellent Jarred Mullen run riot, before steamrolling to victory on the back some tremendous work by Petero Civoniceva.


And a quick word on the goal kicking in this match: Scott Dureau and Michael Gordon kicked a combined 10 from 11 in this match, with the miss being Gordon's conversion attempt of the winning try after the siren. Seems the message is sinking in at some clubs.

Cronulla Sharks...

The mezzanine. Now that the Sharkies have finally won a game, the team from Sydney's Sutherland Shire can work on moving away from the bottom of the ladder and toward mid-table mediocrity.

 

Their upcoming run of games: Manly (a), Brisbane (a), Newcastle (h) and St George Illawarra (a); may not be the easiest stretch, but if the team continues to play with the spirit shown on Saturday against Parramatta, and they continue to defend so stoutly, it is not beyond the realms of possibility for them to win one or two of those fixtures.

 

One key indicator of the Sharks' ability to compete is their for and against: despite only being one-from-four, the Sharks have only shipped 74 points in total: that's better than six of the teams above them.

Tim Smith...

His psychiatrist. Without wanting to belittle Smith's battles with mental illness, it was amusing that after sealing his new side's first win in 14 with a last minute field goal, the player who provided the inspiration for this victory described his personal performance on Fox Sports as Like

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