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Slater applauds Addo-Carr as NSW hopes grow

“He is a fantastic player, doing fantastic things for our club and he is a really hard worker for us as well and he deserves every opportunity he gets because he works for it.”

Addo-Carr added his latest contender for try of the season by beating five New Zealand Warriors players in an 80-metre effort during the Storms 50-10 win over the Warriors on Wednesday night.

Addo-Carr beat Warriors star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to complete his try and Slater said he knew exactly how his opposite number would have felt.

“Once he came one on one with Roger I knew if Roger gave him too much room on the outside he was gone and he did,” Slater said.

“He underestimated him like everyone does. Josh is amazing but the pleasing thing was Josh did that on the right hand side of the field and he is the left-side winger.

“He was going in to help his side get out of trouble. He is an extremely dangerous player and Im happy to have him on my team."

When pressed on what made Addo-Carr so deceptive, Slater said it was his ability to step both inside and outside which put defenders in two minds.

Josh Addo-Carr celebrates his try on Anzac Day.

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“He moves like no one else but his ability to change direction keeps you on your toes,” Slater said.

“Roger has that same ability to change direction on a 20-cent piece. Its really hard when you are concerned about his speed on the outside then he will cut back and vice versa so thats what makes great players. They keep you thinking.”

Storm coach Craig Bellamy also had plenty of praise for Addo-Carrs try.

“I cant remember the last time I saw someone score a try like that,” Bellamy said.

“He has scored a lot of long distance tries but he got ankle-tapped or pushed three times and was off-balance and to be able to regain his balance three times and then be able to go around Roger – its been a long time since Ive seen a try like that. That was one hell of a try.”

While Slater was happy to talk up his teammates, he also beamed about winning his first Anzac Medal as best on field in the clash with the Warriors.

“Its my first Anzac Medal and Ive played in many of these games so to pick up the Anzac Medal is a privilege,” Slater said.

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“Its a great game to be a part of and focusing on the day itself is the main part, we are just a performance on that day which is an honour in itself.”

The Storm will face an even bigger injury list when they return to training next week as forward Tim Glasby is expected to miss four to six weeks with a thumb injury while centre Curtis Scott could miss a “week or two” after leaving the field with an ankle injury.

Jesse Bromwich and Dale Finucane are already out with injuries and winger Suliasi Vunivalu (hamstring) is hopeful of a return next Sunday week when the Storm face the St George-Illawarra Dragons.

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Roy Ward

Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.

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