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Storm's blockbuster Billy keeps on trying

Melissa Woods 19/03/2011 09:55:51 PM Comments (0)

It's not his first accolade and won't be the last as Storm fullback Billy Slater added the title of Melbourne's greatest try-scorer to his glittering career resume.

The 27-year-old scored twice as the Storm crushed the Gold Coast 40-12 at AAMI Park to make it successive wins to start the NRL season.

The two-try haul meant Slater's tally of 114 eclipsed the record held by retired winger Matt Geyer.

And the Test custodian managed the feat in just 180 games compared to Geyer's 262.

Slater's effort on Saturday was all the more impressive given he didn't play a pre-season match due to shoulder surgery, and is still finding his way back to full fitness.

"It's something down the track when I finish playing I'll hold pretty highly," Slater said after the game.

"It's not real easy to score 114 tries, but at the moment I'm just focusing on what I need to do for the team and how I can improve because I feel I can improve a lot."

Coach Craig Bellamy was glowing in his praise for Slater, who has been with the Storm for nine years.

"Billy's brought a whole heap to the team, I could sit here for a half an hour and tell you what he's brought to the team," Bellamy said.

"He's brought a lot of enjoyment and excitement to our footy team and rugby league in general.

"A lot of people just love watching him play, and I'm one of those people."

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