“He’s been really good and that left edge has been really impressive, probably the best edge in the comp and Kenny’s been a big part of that,” Jesse Bromwich said.
“We’ve got some speed with Addo-Carr out there and Juzzie [Olam] with what he brings, Munster out there too. Kenny knows his strengths and plays to them and Addo-Carr is just so fast, burning everyone, which helps too.”
Addo-Carr has helped himself to 16 tries from 18 line breaks this season, with Olam contributing 10, Kenny Bromwich three and Munster four to go with his seven try assists and eight line break assists. None of those stats are league-leading but as a whole, it adds up to trouble for the Panthers if they can’t close the space early.
The COVID break came as a blessing in disguise for the left-side, Addo-Carr said, and they turned their attention to perfecting their chemistry before the competition resumed.
“We’ve got a really good bond. We really worked on our combinations. We started the year slowly but the COVID break rattled us a bit. But we stuck to it and trained really hard,” Addo-Carr said.
“We’ve got a really good mix there. Munster has played big games, finals and Origins and for Australia, Kenny Bromwich is an international, Juzzie is an international. We’ve got a really good mix of smarts, power, speed and… Cam Munster… ugly,” Addo-Carr joked, before paying tribute to Bromwich’s often unheralded contribution.
“He’s a real leader in our side. H’s got plenty of nice, calm chat. He’s been leading us around on the edges. He’s one of those guys people love to play with … he’s played multiple positions but he’s really found his spot on the left edge.
“He’s got those smarts, he understands the game well, he understands the players around him. He is an unsung hero in our team.
“I love playing with Juzzie as well. He’s had a massive year, he’s really found his feet and his confidence. He’s one of the toughest players I’ve ever played with. I absolutely love playing with him.”
Bromwich has seen some clear air over recent weeks and his underrated playmaking ability has helped to unlock the powerhouse running game of Olam and the raw pace of Addo-Carr. He said they all provided something different to the final equation and their bond off the field was as important as their output in games.
“We’ve had a lot of time together; me, Munster, Foxx and Juzzie. We just use each other’s strength’s really well. Munster does what he wants, we’ve got Foxx with his speed, Juzzie will run trough a brick wall and I try to add a little bit of creativity there and run the ball when I can,” Bromwich said.
“We are all pretty tight, we like hanging out and having a laugh. We’ve put a lot of hours into training and trying to do things the best we can. It’s going to be a bunch of different things and that all adds up to what has been happening on the field.”
Trying to predict the movements of Munster, who tends to play ad lib, impulsive football, was a challenge at first, Bromwich said, but time and success has seen the kind of fluency emerge that helped put 24 points on the Raiders before they could begin to get themselves in the prelim final.
“It was hard in the start [to work out Munster]. A lot of the time he doesn’t know what he’s doing. We just try to get a clear vision or call of what we want to do but he can break a game at any time, so we just make sure we are in a position to get on the back of it.”
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