‘Juzzy’ as he is known at the Melbourne Storm club, Justin Olam will definitely be looking for a repeat of his 2020 performance, if not better. With 21 appearances and 11 tries in 2020, the former Lae Snax Tigers and PNG Hunter is definitely someone most NRL players would avoid running into.
Many commentators went as far as describing him the “human brick-wall” even his club profile states; “Plays with seemingly no sense of self-preservation and his fearless style has won him countless fans in Melbourne”.
When Justin Olam’s name was brought to the attention of former NSW Blues and Australian Kangaroos enforcer Big Willie Mason, he simply said “I don’t want to run at him.” Speaking at the Bloke in the bar podcast, Big Willie describing Olam’s ferocious defensive plays as “scary to watch”, further adding that he would ask the coach to swap sides to avoid going up against the PNG international.
Mason is no stranger to PNG, having visited Lae in 2017 to support the Supporters Club of Rugby Union in Morobe Inc (SCRUM) fundraising efforts, and has always held high regard for PNG, the Kumuls and the passion for rugby league within the country.
The Melbourne Storm now enter a new era in 2021 without Cameron Smith, with Dale Finucane and Jesse Bromwich in a two-way shootout to become the new skipper.
Olam’s combination with Josh “the fox” Addo-Carr will be as lethal as it ended in 2020 bagging the team a premiership.
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