A disappointed Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy expressed concerns over his sides’ flat performance against Brisbane on Friday night.
Two Broncos tries in the opening eight minutes set the scene for an impressive 26-16 Broncos’ victory, and while the Storm remain in the box seat to claim the NRL minor premiership, Bellamy finds himself looking for answers just two weeks out from the finals.
“We spoke about a couple of things defensively that we wanted to do and wanted to do well,” Bellamy said.
“But we didn’t do it in the first ten minutes, we sort of set the tone for rest of the half.”
Bellamy struggled to find many positives from the match, citing only the efforts of Jordan McLean, returning from long-term injury, and Nelson Asofa-Solomona as the bright spots.
Captain Cameron Smith saw the result as a step back following a solid team effort against Manly a week prior.
“We knew we were playing against a very good side, Smith noted.
“We just didn’t control the start of the match, the first fifteen minutes just wasn’t good enough by us.
“There was a fair incentive for us tonight, we are down here playing with no AFL games in town, in front of 20,000 people, we are all very disappointed with the effort we put in, especially the first half.”
Melbourne’s next match could also hold great importance if Cronulla defeat the Roosters on Saturday night, setting up a Storm-Sharks final round clash at AAMI Park for the minor premiership.
However, Bellamy and Smith appear to be on the same page about their approach to the upcoming match.
“What we need to do now is get back to doing the basics really well and having some real energy and enthusiasm about us,” Bellamy said.