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Superstar Melbourne five-eighth Cameron Munster made a grim admission moments after the heavy loss to Penrith, saying the Storm “looked like an under-12s team”.

The Storm was without megastar fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen and gun halfback Jahrome Hughes, but Munster didn’t make excuses after the 32-6 loss to the reigning premiers.

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“We were poor,” Munster told former Storm teammate Cameron Smith on Nine’s coverage.

“Didn’t really care who we had out. Still had a good enough team to give the Panthers a shake.

“We can whinge about the weather or whinge about the slippery ball, but we were poor tonight and that’s not us, especially against a good side (in) Penrith.

“We have to go back to the drawing board and play a lot better against the Cowboys, otherwise it’ll be the same result.

“Pretty disappointing result, and my performance, as well.”

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When the Storm hit back through a Nick Meaney try in the 18th minute, the hopes of Melbourne fans were renewed.

But what followed was relentless Penrith attack and little Melbourne resolve.

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“We kept getting into the pressure kind of footy we wanted to play, but we just kept giving them piggybacks and letting them out of their own end,” Munster said.

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“When you’re doing that against Penrith they’re going to make you pay… when Penrith’s got 60 per cent of the ball they’re going to put a lot of points on you, and they did tonight.

“We were poor. We looked like an under-12s team.

“We need to go back to the drawing board.

“I can’t wait for next week. Far out.”

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