Re-Live Every Moment From The Cheese’s Loose NRL Grand Final Celebrations
Now that the dust has finally settled (well sort of), we can properly assess what exactly unfolded during the Melbourne Storm's Grand Final celebrations.
And with Silly Sunday and Monday Monday under their belts, it's safe to say that the recently-crowned NRL champs are well into their week-long party.
On Sunday, the Storm defeated the Penrith Panthers 26-20 in a hotly-contested clash at ANZ Stadium.
While the agonisingly-close scoreline and final ten minutes of mayhem suggests otherwise, it was actually a relatively one-sided affair with the Storm leading the contest for the majority of the game.
The frantic Grand Final capped off one of the biggest rollercoaster seasons the NRL has ever seen.
And when the final whistle sounded, attention quickly turned to a Storm icon.
No, we're not talking about 37-year-old skipper Cameron Smith whose retirement guessing game has continued to sweep through the mainstream media.
We're talking about Brandon Smith - also known by many as 'The Cheese'.
The 24-year-old New Zealand international has become somewhat of a cult hero since his arrival in Melbourne back in 2017.
And while his post-game interview made headlines, it appears the loveable larrikin was up to no good well before the two teams kicked-off on game-day.
Here, we have a quick look at all of The Cheese's antics before, during and after the NRL Grand Final!
Smith's celebrations reach the United States
If we're judging by the countless videos posted on social media, it seems Smith is putting in an MVP-calibre performance off the park for the Melbourne Storm in their Grand Final celebrations.
With the team popping champagne, cracking open the beers and posing for photos, Smith can be seen in the thick of the action.
So much so that The Cheese himself has gone viral in one particular clip.
In a video posted on his Instagram, Smith channels his inner Dion Waiters - a man who shares a familiar nickname to his Aussie counterpart.
Waiters - whose nickname is 'Philly Cheese' - recently won an NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers and posted a hilarious clip of himself during the team's own celebrations.
"You know what, they tried to sabotage Cheese. I'm not Philly Cheese. I'm not Bubble Cheese. Call me double C. I'm Champ Cheese," Waiters said.
And in a video on social media, Smith gave his own rendition of the hilarious speech while showing off his new Premiership ring.
Incredibly, it didn't take long for Waiters respond.
"This is the greatest s***," he commented on the original clip.
That iconic post-game interview with Brad Fittler
If you haven't seen it, you need to.
With this snippet for Channel Nine, Smith now joins Sydney Roosters star Victor Radley in the conversation for best ever post-game NRL interview of all-time.
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In a nutshell, The Cheese offers to sell his new Premiership ring to pay for his celebratory beverages, sends a lovely message to his parents and even has a cheeky dig at his own head coach.
It was just pure gold.
"It was pretty good, I mean I played pretty s*** tonight but I got the ring," he told Nine's Brad Fittler.
"I need to pay for all the beers I'm about to sink!":laughing:
The coach, teammates... himself! No one is safe from the Cheese in one of the all-time post Grand Final interviews!
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- NRL on Nine (@NRLonNine) October 25, 2020
"It's for sale, I need to pay for all the beers I'm about to drink.
"I can't wait to take this home to my mum and dad. Everything they sacrificed to put me in this position I'm in, so this is definitely for them.
"I'm super stoked and I just can't wait to get on the piss with all the boys.
"To Craig (Bellamy), he does nothing pretty much all year. Smithy (Cameron Smith) does all the coaching so he's just getting paid lots of money to do piss all."
'Nothing to see here...'
While Smith's post-game antics left fans in stitches, it appears he was also having a laugh before the Grand Final too.
In the changing rooms prior to kick-ff, most players were seen 'getting into the zone' by relaxing, playing music and talking tactics.
But not The Cheese, of course.
The great man himself left the Nine panel in tears with one stunt that he pulled off alongside Storm halfback Jahrome Hughes.
As the Melbourne duo made their way into the dressing room, a pivoting camera wedged in the corner of the room was following their every step.
Hughes quickly clocked onto this and gave Smith a little nudge, which is when the pair pulled off a little pre-planned stunt for the cameras by walking backwards to where they'd just come from.
Pure genius from The Cheese - and from Hughes for that matter.
Firing shots at a Fox Sports journo
In the build up to the Grand Final, Fox League reporter James Hooper wrote a column about the 25 reasons why Sydneysiders can't stand the Melbourne Storm.
And the cheeky column clearly hit home with a couple of the Storm players - The Cheese being one of them.
So when Cameron Smith and Co edged past the Panthers to be crowned NRL champions, The Cheese was quick to jump to his team's defence and remind Hoops of their achievement.
The Cheese took to Instagram to respond, posting a picture of his Premiership ring with the caption: "Number 26 Hoops yah little baldy hahahahahahhaah".
Hooper replied in a second column written directly to the Storm players, but it was all light-hearted banter at the end of the day.
Feeding the iconic Provan-Summons Trophy some beer
Does it need any more explaining?
The Cheese literally fed the Provan-Summons Trophy some beer while it was cradled in his lap.
As chaos erupted around him in the Storm dressing room after the game, the camera zoomed in on Smith having a heart-to-heart with the NRL Premiership trophy.
All while singing John Denver's classic tune 'Take Me Home, Country Roads'.
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