‘Was a good comedown for us’: Bellamy issues challenge to Storm after reality check

Storm coach Craig Bellamy believes his side were given a reality check in their 32-6 loss to the Panthers and might not be going as well as their recent form suggested.

Melbourne were missing key stars Ryan Papenhuyzen and Jahrome Hughes against the Panthers, but Bellamy was more concerned with their poor start and things didn’t improve for the rest of the match in his opinion.

“The whole 80 minutes actually,” Bellamy replied when asked where the game went wrong.

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“We got off to a real ordinary start. It was 12-0 before we blinked and it just didn’t get any better from the start to be quite honest.

“That second half we were just under pressure the whole time. They did a great job and just strangled us the second half.

“If there was a positive for us it was our second half. With the amount of field position and the ball they had inside or 20 metres zone and it was only 12-0.

“For us we have got to take something positive out of it and that was it.”

The loss of spine players Papenhuyzen and Hughes was always going to make it hard to match the class of the Panthers, but Bellamy refused to use the injuries as an excuse.


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Craig Bellamy was frustrated with his side’s performance.Source: FOX SPORTS

“We had three guys out from last week, but that is going to happen to other teams and us again this year as well,” Bellamy said.

“The guys that come in we expect them to do a job and play to their strengths and get their job done.

“It was more than that. That wasn’t the only problem tonight.”

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Bellamy believes the convincing loss to the defending premiers can be the impetus for his players to not believe the hype after the Storm’s run of big victories to start the year.

“If we didn’t think we were a chance we would have forfeited and just went up to the coast,” Bellamy said of his side’s chances of beating Penrith before the game.

“It is probably a game we needed to be quite honest after three or four weeks where we were playing really well.

“That was a good comedown for us tonight and we got what we deserved. Perhaps we haven’t been going as good as other people thought.

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“Hopefully we will learn from that and we will be a bit better team.”

Storm star Cameron Munster was scathing of his side post match and said they played like under 12s and Bellamy agreed they made too many fundamental errors.

“Well the other team was under 16 or under 18s,” Bellamy joked.

“He could be right. Some of the errors, like I think we threw three forward passes tonight from dummyhalf. I can’t remember the last time we did that.

“We didn’t show any patience at all. We didn’t complete well. We were only at 50 per cent after 10 minutes and that’s when they were 12-0.

“They scored a couple of tries off kicks which I think we could have done a lot better job at if we had worked a little bit harder.

“We just know now that we have to be better. That’s all it comes down to.”

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