1 April, 2018, 12:00 am
Bellamy wary of team’s form
Put the 19 penalties Melbourne Storm conceded against the Cronulla Sharks aside because the stat that really made coach Craig Bellamy’s blood boil in the 14-4 loss was the 14 uncompleted sets.
“I’m not here to criticise the referees. I’m not here to criticise the way they’ve decided to go,” Bellamy said.
“I was really disappointed in our performance. That’s all I can control, or partly control, so that’s going to be my focus. The other stuff there will be a lot of talk about it but I’m more concerned about the way we’re playing.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs halfback Kieran Foran has added his name to the unwanted list of worst kicks at goal of all time.
Attempting to convert a Josh Morris try versus the Rabbitohs in the first half at ANZ Stadium, the No.7 inexplicably sent his effort under the crossbar from point-blank range.
Foran was directly in front of the posts, with his frustrated reaction seconds later telling the story.
The Kiwi international later redeemed himself when he comfortably slotted a penalty goal on the verge of half-time from the same position.
Referee Ben Cummins apologised to Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson for a misunderstanding that contributed to a try scored by his South Sydney Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis in their controversial 20-16 loss at ANZ Stadium.
With the Bulldogs forced into a reshuffle after fullback Moses Mbye was forced from the field following a sickening head clash with Rabbitohs winger George Jennings in the fifth minute, Jackson switched from the second row to right centre for the remainder of the match.
However, Cummins appeared to forget where Jackson was playing after he had called him to the opposite side of the field to issue a general warning to the Bulldogs players following three consecutive penalties on their try line.