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  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Storm keep Taumalolo to season-low mark

    Cowboys star Jason Taumalolo was limited to a season-low 101 metres in Sunday's NRL grand final loss to Melbourne.

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    Of all the goals Melbourne have reached in 2017, this was by far the hardest one: Stopping the freight train that is Jason Taumalolo.

    Much of the NRL's grand final week centred on how the Storm were going to bring down the North Queensland and Kiwi star many have labelled the best forward in the game.

    His historic statistics were sung bible and verse.

    The 2016 Dally M winner averaged almost 200 metres a game during the regular season, which he somehow upped to almost 235 during their finals charge.

    He needed just 54 metres to become just the second player ever to crack 5000 in a year.

    Taumalolo reached the mark in Sunday's grand final loss to the Storm, but managed just 101 in total as the Cowboys lock was put in a box by the Storm's suffocating defence.

    His previous lowest metre count this year was 120 against Parramatta in round five.

    Storm coach Craig Bellamy admitted it would be impossible to stop the Kiwi juggernaut entirely, but revealed how they aimed to dent his overall.

    "Obviously we defended well against him.," Bellamy said.

    "I don't want to give away too many secrets here, (but) our little target was, if he wanted to run 250 metres tonight, he wanted to have 25 runs."

    Taumalolo took over 18 runs a game to get close to a double-century through the year, meaning close to almost 12 metres a carry.

    Bellamy asked his players to limit him to ten on Sunday, and they went one better: the hulking No.13 went for 101 metres in 12 carries.

    "We thought if Jason Taumalolo's playing out there and he's going under 10 metres per run, or around 10 metres per run, that's as good as you're going to get," he said.

    "I think we done better than that tonight.

    "But that was our target and I just thought of all of our players were really urgent when Jason got the ball because we all seen what he can do and what he's been doing the last 3-4 weeks.

    "We thought that was really important for us. That was our little target."


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