After one of the craziest NRL seasons in memory, there’s no doubt the Melbourne Storm deserve to go big in their 2020 NRL premiership celebrations.
The side ended Penrith’s 17-game winning streak with a brilliant 26-20 victory in Sunday night Grand Final to take out the trophy, after a season spent away from home on the Sunshine Coast.
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So five months worth of pent up partying have turned into an epic bender for the champion side with larrikin Brandon Smith continuing his fine form.
At full-time in the Grand Final, Smith delivered one of the great post Grand Final interviews with Channel 9’s Brad Fittler.
“It was pretty good, I mean I played pretty s**t tonight but I got the ring,” Smith said.
“It’s for sale, I need to pay for all the beers I’m about to drink.
“I can’t wait to take this home to my mum and dad, they sacrificed to put me in this position I’m in so this is definitely for them.
“I can’t wait to get on the piss with all the boys. I’ll take anyone as long as they’ll drink a lot.
“We’ll get Christian Welch too drunk to play Origin … (Cameron Munster) will probably do something stupid.”
Brandon Smith with the premiership trophy.Source:Supplied
He went on to add that he wanted to share some drinks with his captain and coach, adding “Craig (coach Bellamy), he does nothing pretty much all year. Smithy does all the coaching, (Bellamy) is getting paid lots of money to do piss all.”
And he’s a man of his word, getting on the drinks in celebration with Storm teammate and the son of Matthew Johns, Cooper, joining his dad’s new SEN radio show Morning Glory with Matty Johns.
“I told him three days ago, Friday 11 o’clock book it in, and basically I’ve got a text at 6 o’clock in the morning and I can’t uncrack what the text means, I can’t decipher it,” Cooper said. “He hasn’t rocked up at our Airbnb so I don’t know where he is,” Cooper revealed.
“It’s been a big week, we were in the sheds until the early hours of the morning, we went back to our resort and kicked on there for a few days.
“Then me and Brandon (Smith) drove down on Wednesday afternoon to Byron, and then the whole team jumped on board, there’s 15 of us here, it’s a good time.
“I’m going to easily give (best on ground) to Brandon Smith, Cameron Munster was very good too.
“The only one who was pretty reluctant to go to Origin camp was Cameron Munster, I can confirm he called Mal Meninga for an extra 48 hours in Byron.”
But better late than never, Smith joined the appearance.
“Never been better,” Smith laughed when James Hooper asked what sort of shape he was in.
Brandon Smith in action in the NRL Grand Final.Source:Getty Images
After some banter, the audio feed went quiet before Johns revealed what happened.
“We had to dump Brandon there for a second,” Matty explained.
“He said something starts with an f ends with a k.”
Hooper said: “Rhymes with Donald Duck”.
It definitely sounds like the Storm are enjoying the spoils of victory.
Smith wasn’t the only one to have some fun with Johns.
Storm skipper Cameron Smith made a cameo after a bunch of squad members started calling Matt in the middle of the night.
The last three or four nights I’ve got about 16 FaceTime calls from Cooper, Munster, all those guys,” he said.
“It got to the point after a long period of time I just had the light off. They’d go ‘turn the light on, turn the light on’, which I wouldn’t. They knew my sweet spot.
“Out of the blue comes Cameron Smith and he goes: ‘Matty, turn the light on, I’ve got a big announcement to make’.
“Of course, he didn’t.”
In the lead up to the Grand Final, he even took a shot at his former club North Queensland, after they let both he and Viliame Kikau go.
Expect to see and hear more of the “The Block of Cheese” in the future.
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