Take into account it a Craig Bellamy masterstroke.
The results of the double-edged shake-up was a 16-0 triumph.
As Munster registered 194 run metres, made a linebreak and frequently requested questions of the Panthers defence, Asofa-Solomona piled up 130 run metres, together with 48 post-contact, churned out 25 tackles and ran damaging traces at Viliame Kikau and Penrith’s halves.
“He was particular tonight,” Sonny Invoice Williams mentioned of Asofa-Solomona’s recreation on 9’s post-match present.
“These post-contact metres had been by means of the center of the ruck. I believe in that first 20 (minutes) he was particular. He laid that platform.
“Melbourne coming into this recreation wanted a few their large guys to face up, and he definitely did that, whether or not that was by means of the center or out vast tonight.
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“Once we speak Melbourne we speak Munster, we speak the Cheese (Brandon Smith), however guys like this — these are the blokes which might be going to get them that (premiership) ring that they need on the finish of the 12 months.”
Andrew Johns was additionally impressed by Asofa-Solomona’s efficiency.
“The teaching determination to place him on Kikau — it was a masterstroke,” he mentioned.
Munster started his NRL profession as a fullback and returned to his native place final week, filling in for Ryan Papenhuyzen (knee) and Nick Meaney (concussion).
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The Queensland State of Origin playmaker retained the fullback position for the Panthers conflict regardless of the return of Meaney, who performed at five-eighth.
“He creates one thing out of nothing on a regular basis,” Asofa-Solomona mentioned of Munster.
“Once they kick the ball down he is operating the ball again and you do not have to show to get the ball. He is already simply obtained the ball and taking it 20 metres.
“While you’ve obtained Munster within the group you are a good likelihood of successful the sport, I reckon.”
Cooper Johns, Melbourne’s halfback whereas Jahrome Hughes is sidelined with a shoulder harm, described Munster at fullback as “dynamic”.
“Pops up (on) each side,” Johns mentioned.
“However he is a world-class five-eighth, too.”
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