Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has delivered a brutal assessment of his side’s performance during their 18-8 loss to the Sea Eagles on Friday night, and questioned what “planet” two of his players were on.
Storm players Tui Kamikamica and Justin Olam both hit Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans late in the second half, with the pair sent to the sin-bin and placed on report during a costly period for the Storm.
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Bellamy fired up after the loss and was left frustrated by the poor behaviour that left his team down to 12 men twice in the second half.
“To keep them (Manly) to 18 points was probably a good effort, we just never game ourselves a chance to win the game,” Bellamy said during the post-game press conference.
“Especially our second half was really poor, we didn’t play too smart at all… I don’t know what planet they’re on, you just can’t do that these days.
“You can’t hit ball players and halves late with any force at all and that’s what it is and to do that, we played half of the second half with 12 men.
“That’s hard work and then when they had 12 men we couldn’t get out of our 20, like I said we didn’t play smart at all.”
Another ‘Battle of Brookvale’ produced a game full of drama, featuring five HIAs, six reports, three sin-bins and numerous big hits from both sides – with former rugby league hard man Gorden Tallis calling one the “shot of the year”.
Storm centre Olam ran the ball hard and charged into the Sea Eagles defence when he was folded in half in a bone-crunching tackle by Manly forward Haumole Olakau’atu.
“There’s been a lot of heavy collisions in the first half… it’s not with their fists, it is with their shoulders,” Tallis said during commentary on Fox League.
“That shot is the shot of the year so far, Olam is such a hard guy to tackle, ten times out of ten he wins the collision, that time he didn’t.”
“You rarely see the timing when two players go low like they did and hit the player simultaneously on either side,” rugby league great Greg Alexander added.
“Olam is a hard man to hurt, but they obviously stung him.”
Following the collision, Olam was left stunned and left the field for a HIA.
After an inconsistent start to the season, Storm captain Christian Welch believes his side took a step backwards against the Sea Eagles and was unimpressed with their effort, labelling it as “stupid s**t”.
“It was pretty clunky I guess, but you come across a team with Daly Cherry-Evans, Tom Trbojevic, these classy players and we keep doing stupid s**t,” Welch said during the post-game press conference.
“The competition’s too close, there’s too many good teams… two blokes in the bin, it’s really hard to beat these quality teams.
“You just put yourself up against it by doing really stupid things.
“It is really disappointing that we seem to have gone a bit backwards about how we have gone about our footy.”
– With AAP
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