EbeneNews – AU – ‘Ridiculous’: Bellamy faints as storm-fighting drama lifts again

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    Angry Craig Bellamy said suggestions that Max King ‘intended to hurt’ in a hip tackle were also ludicrous, as the Storm’s apparently annual wrestling drama in September overshadowed a 30-day victory -22 of the Dragons Sunday

    For 40 minutes, the second least experienced team in NRL history had the Red V on the rocks, but an ugly tackle in which Blake Lawrie awkwardly landed King on the report as St George Illawarra rallied against the Storm’s second limers

    Tui Kamikamica could also suffer repercussions for a heavy and late shot at Dragons rookie Jayden Sullivan, who came before the Fijian was sent off due to an ankle injury that puts him in doubt for the Saturday’s qualifying final against Parramatta in Brisbane

    Panthers great Greg Alexander was scathing in Fox Sports comments, saying there was « intent to injure » in King’s tackle

    « I think this incident alone is worth 10 minutes in the trash, » Alexander said

    « It’s a foul, it’s an obvious foul It started this year (the hip tackle)

    « It’s ridiculous I would be very disappointed if a player in the competition came out to intentionally injure an opposing player It’s ridiculous

    « From what I saw there was a bunch of tangled bodies there. I’m going to have to take a look and see what happens

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    Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

    « Obviously this is beyond our control, we will have to see what the match review committee will do »

    Since the last game of a regular season like no other had no bearing on Melbourne’s standings or the future of the Finals, Bellamy mapped out a lineup with just 547 games of previous experience in the LNR behind them

    For perspective, only the Baby Broncos team Bellamy coached in 2002 – 456 games – took the paddock with less to their collective name, while absent skipper Cameron Smith watched from Queensland with 427 outings. himself

    Smith and the best of a dozen Storm troops return for Saturday’s showdown with Parramatta, while Melbourne’s fringe players in awe of their much-needed playing time

    When they hung out late and had to make a trade as Chris Lewis went for an HIA, Bellamy opted to play with 12 rather than sack Brandon Smith « cold » and risk injury before the final

    Kamikamica will be sent in for ankle scans and doubts about the Eels’ clash, but Bellamy still picked up on the positives from a relentless defeat that saw Melbourne score four tries to two in the first half

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    « We put in a lot of effort but we lost our control and control of the game in the second half. A few things that we should have put more pressure on that we just put back on ourselves

    « We defended very well and attacked very well We just couldn’t keep pace in the second half

    « For a lot of these guys it’s a real learning experience, provided we take that out of it »

    Although it lacks a galaxy of regular stars, only Ryan Papenhuyzen’s four failed conversions with a decent havoc with a decent breeze kept the Dragons indoors during the first half

    With Papenhuyzen playing the puppet master, Melbourne made four tries, including three in the opening 19 minutes, as the home side struggled to keep pace

    Fans of Kogarah Hill would have been watching the release at this point, only for Zac Lomax and Matt Dufty to get them back on their feet for the right reasons

    The former threw a ball forward for the latter to pick up and land after a break from Cody Ramsey to bring the Dragons onto the set Kamikamica’s shot at Sullivan came upstream

    A try from Tyson Frizell before the break – again from a short Dufty ball – kept them in, before the Non1 pistol and debutant Sullivan took the lead in the second half

    Lomax’s 63rd-minute penalty try, awarded due to Ricky Leutele illegally knocking him off the ball in pursuit of a grubber, gave St George Illawarra a lead that Melbourne threatened , but never lost

    A bit of shine in midfield from captain Cam McInnes then extended it, with Dufty scoring a 24-16 advantage

    His compatriot Nicho Hynes kept the Storm in 12 minutes later, wiping and rallying for an impressive solo try and two-point ball play

    Josh Kerr and Paul Momirovski’s denied kicking attempts occupied the Bunker and the result on knife edge, until a 77th-minute chip from 19-year-old Sullivan, sat down for Frizell to seal him with his second

    Melbourne Storm

    EbeneNews – UA – « Ridiculous »: Bellamy passes out as storm-fighting drama rises again



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