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Sport Cameron Munster commits Cooper Cronk gaffe ahead of Sydney Roosters-Melbourne Storm preliminary final

01:16  26 september  2019
01:16  26 september  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Operation end Cooper . Once the architect of their success, the Melbourne Storm will head to Sydney next Saturday night hoping to close the curtain on When pressed on the impact Cronk ’s potential exit from the game could have on the Roosters leading into their preliminary final at the Sydney Cricket

  Cameron Munster commits Cooper Cronk gaffe ahead of Sydney Roosters-Melbourne Storm preliminary final © Getty Images

Cameron Munster momentarily entertained the possibility his Melbourne Storm could lose Saturday’s preliminary final to ex-team-mate Cooper Cronk’s Sydney Roosters with an embarrassing slip of the tongue.

The superstar Storm five-eighth fronted the media and was asked about Cronk, who will hang up the boots at the end of the 2019 campaign.

Munster, who remains close with the No.7, was reflecting on the end of the veteran half-back’s stellar career when he said the unthinkable.

“Yeah it’s a bit sad for the game, Cooper having his last game, or second-last game,” Munster said.

“It’d be nice for it to be his last game – I realise what I just said there (laughs) – but yeah, I really respect Cooper and what he’s done in the game.

Munster mentally prepared for NRL final

  Munster mentally prepared for NRL final Melbourne's Cameron Munster says there's no chance of a repeat of last year's NRL grand final meltdown when the Storm take on the Sydney Roosters. Melbourne playmaker Cameron Munster has vowed to deal with the high pressure stakes of Saturday's NRL preliminary final against Sydney Roosters better than he did in last year's grand final shocker. Munster made unwanted history as the first player to be sin-binned twice in a title decider - the second time for kicking Roosters centre Joseph Manu.With the Storm trailing 18-0 at halftime en route to a gut-wrenching 21-6 loss, Munster's emotions boiled over.

Roosters v Storm : Preliminary Final preview. Author. NRL.com. Munster and Cameron Smith need to pick their spots and share the play-making and kicking workload, while Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary has to be closely marked for 80 minutes.

Roosters : Star Sydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk will start in Sunday night's NRL grand final despite suffering a shoulder injury in last week's win over South Sydney . Cronk had been racing the clock to be fit for the decider against his former club the Melbourne Storm , and after being included

“We’re really good mates and obviously I’m playing against him on the opposite side so yeah, we obviously have a couple of words here and there.

“Fingers crossed I can try and get the wood over him on Saturday but he’s the ultimate professional and the Roosters are very lucky to have him on their side.”

Meanwhile, Storm skipper Cameron Smith conceded it is still a weird feeling facing Cronk amid reports the long-time team-mates have fallen out over the latter’s defection to the Roosters in 2018.

“Is it weird still playing against Cooper? Yeah it is because I played alongside him for such a long time,” Smith said.

“So it’s still really funny to run out on the field and see him in different colours.

“But at the end of the day it’s a game of footy that you’ve got to go out and try and do your best in and play your role in.

“And none of the guys who played alongside Cooper will be thinking about how weird it is that he’s wearing a Roosters jumper, it’ll just be business as usual to try and go out and play our best.”

Phil Gould believes Cooper Cronk has set himself apart from Smith and Slater with Roosters move .
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