There are lots of things that Cameron Munster is very good at but goalkicking is not one of them.
The Melbourne Storm were down 8-6 to the Cronulla Sharks at halftime but ran away with a 40-14 win at AAMI Park.
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But while the side ran away with a crushing win, coach Craig Bellamy has a problem with slotting the extras.
Fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen took over after Cameron Smith’s retirement but with the fullback injured, the role has fallen on Cameron Munster.
After starting the day with a penalty goal, Munster missed some easy ones.
His first conversion attempt was pretty close to the posts but he hooked it across the face.
His next one he nailed from the same position before missing one from the sideline.
A few more from directly in front helped his goal kicking percentage but it wasn’t over for Munster.
With just over 10 minutes remaining, Munster took a shot at converting Brandon Smith’s try from right beside the posts.
Literally right beside the posts.Source:FOX SPORTS
The look of a man who can’t believe he missed from there.Source:FOX SPORTS
Munster put his hands on his head, with Fox League commentator Warren Smith saying “Standing there, you can’t work out how you missed that.”
He added that tonight wouldn’t matter but that it would be somewhat of a headache on Thursday night when the Storm play the Rabbitohs.
He was removed from the goalkicking duties for the next try with Nicho Hynes taking a shot, but pushing it wide across the face.
Unfortunately for Munster, Hynes was given a late break, meaning Munster had to come back for one more, missing from near the sideline but by a long way for four from eight for the season.
“Oh my goodness, they’re getting worse, he’s given it the teapot again,” Smith said.
“Maybe Reimis Smith can kick goals, he can certainly score tries.”
The winger had scored a hat-trick.
While scoring tries doesn’t seem to be an issue, the goal kicking concerns may need to be addressed.
It didn’t escape the view of NRL great Phil Gould, who took a swipe at Munster’s goalkicking on social media.
Munster goal kicking. Hit or miss. pic.twitter.com/PUXa4LWvOI
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Lucky for Melbourne it didn’t affect the game too much as the side powered away with the second half.
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