TEAM-mates have warned that giant Kiwi Jesse Bromwich’s powerhouse try in the World Club Challenge is but a glimpse of the havoc he’ll wreak on the NRL this year.
The 193cm, 110kg Bromwich ripped the clash with Leeds wide open on Friday night by beating four defenders on a 20-metre run to the line just after halftime, putting the Storm on course for their 18-14 win at Headingley.
“Jesse has come on in leaps and bounds since last year and I think playing the Test match has given him a heap of confidence,” said back rower Ryan Hoffman.
“I think he’s building on the way he finished last year. He’s just got to build on his game. He works very, very hard on it and if he keeps going the way he is, he’s going to be great player for us.”
Bromwich rated the try alongside one he scored in last year’s preliminary final against Manly.
“I don’t know what happened there, I just got lucky,” he said. “But it’s up there as one of the best tries I’ve got, along with the one last year in the prelim. It was a good feeling.
“I just remember hearing Cooper (Cronk) outside me and the next minute I was sliding over the tryline. I was stoked.”
Bromwich and another tryscorer on Friday, 21-year-old debutant Tohu Harris, were each discovered by the late Storm recruitment manager, Darren Bell.
“I get on good with (Harris),” said Bromwich. “He’s been training with us for two years now. I’ve known him for a while and he played well – I think he’s going to be a good player for this club, hopefully for a very long time.
“(Bell) was very good at his job and it is a nice little reward for him if he’s looking down on us. It’s always nice to have another Kiwi in there too.”
Bromwich’s brother Kenny made the trip to England but went home early to take part in a lower grade trial.
“He got injured in training a couple of weeks ago and hasn’t played a game yet,” Jesse explained. “It would be pretty special playing alongside my little bro.
“Mum and Dad would be stoked and so will I.”
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