Addo-Carr spills the beans on crucial missed tackle

He’s been dubbed “the fastest man on the planet”, but Josh Addo-Carr met his match on Friday night when he failed to catch Brisbane’s Xavier Coates in a race to the tryline.

A turnover in possession and some quick hands from Brisbane’s right edge saw Xavier Coates dash down the field early in the game.

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The Melbourne defence reacted quickly, and when Josh Addo-Carr gave chase, it looked like Coates would be stopped in his tracks.

It wasn’t to be, though, with Addo-Carr missing the tackle and allowing Coates to slide over for Brisbane’s only try of the game.

Now, Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen has revealed he spoke to Addo-Carr after the game to get to the bottom of the missed tackle.

“I did speak to him after and said, ‘What was doing? You were mowing him down’,” Papenhuyzen told Triple M on Saturday.

“He said, ‘Mate, I was buggered. I didn’t make an effort’.

“He was buggered and tired and that is just a reflection of the game. As soon a linebreak happens after a bit of a grind it’s very hard to chase back and make those tackles.”

Xavier Coates and Josh Addo-Carr went toe-to-toe on Friday night.Source:Getty Images

Like Papenhuyzen, commentator and former Storm halfback Cooper Cronk was gobsmacked that Coates outran “The Foxx”, saying it was “the first time that someone has ever run faster than Addo-Carr”.

“I thought Addo-Carr had him covered. He dives early, he gave up early thinking that Coates had run away,” Cronk told Fox League.

Addo-Carr likely won’t lose sleep over the missed tackle — after a slow start, his side put on seven answered tries and cruised to a 40-6 win at AAMI Park.

Fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen returned from injury in emphatic fashion, scoring four tries in the 34-point drubbing.

Craig Bellamy’s men came into the game on the back of two consecutive losses, so will breathe a sigh of relief now that they’re back in the winner’s circle.

Round two and three marked the first time since 2018 that the Storm had lost two games on the trot.

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