NRL 2019: Melbourne Storm's Kiwi contingent honour Cameron Smith with haka

The Melbourne Storm's Kiwi contingent paid their respects to club skipper Cameron Smith with a powerful post-game haka for him following his historic NRL match.

On Saturday, Smith became the first player in history to play 400 NRL games, and the 36-year-old celebrated his milestone match in style by scoring 16 points in the Storm's 40-16 win over rivals the Cronulla Sharks. 

After the match in the changing rooms, he walked in on the Storm's New Zealand representatives performing a haka, led by Kenny Bromwhich.

Bromwhich was joined by older brother Jesse, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Brandon Smith, Jahrome Hughes, Albert Vete and Auckland-born Australian international Felise Kaufusi along with other club staff including former All Black Andrew Blowers. 

Storm coach Craig Bellamy said he's been an honour to coach Smith for 398 of his 400 NRL games. 

"Not only is he an icon of our sport but he's an icon of Australian sport," Bellamy said.

"I had childhood heroes as a kid and I've really admired other players but I've never seen anyone match the quality for so long.

"For me to be his coach for 398 games is quite surreal and sometimes I've got to pinch myself and realise how lucky I've been."


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