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Orford still coming to terms with win

By Steve Jancetic 06/10/2008 10:35:36 AM Comments (0)

Manly skipper Matt Orford says it could take some time for his NRL club's first title in 12 years to sink in following Sunday night's 40-0 thumping of Melbourne.

Celebrations are set to continue on Monday on Sydney's northern beaches with Orford finally silencing the numerous critics who questioned his ability to perform on the biggest stage with a superlative performance.

The display may have been enough to confirm a spot in Australia's World Cup squad to be announced on Tuesday, but for now celebrating was all that was on the nuggety halfback's mind.

"It really hasn't sunk in yet, probably because of the scoreline, I'm in shock," Orford said.

"Going in at halftime 8-0, I thought it was really going to be like that, I thought they were going to really come out and it was going to be a tussle.

"A few more beers and a bit more time back at the leagues club to celebrate with the boys, I'm really going to enjoy the moment."

One man sure to be in demand with the fans is Steve Menzies, who capped a fairytale ending to his time with the Sea Eagles with a try in the dying stages of the eight tries to nil shutout.

The scenes are set to be more sombre south of the border where the Storm will hold a lunchtime fan day function at their Melbourne training base.

The Storm turned in their worst performance of the season, the loss the largest in grand final history and leaving retiring centre Matt Geyer with a sour taste in his final game.

"I think the Origin period where we had a lot of players play Origin and we went out pretty hard after that minor premiership, perhaps we were a little bit leg weary," Storm coach Craig Bellamy said.

"I'm not sure whether that was really a point or whether Manly were just that good tonight."

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