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Craig Bellamy admits Melbourne ‘got what they deserved’ in Magic Round thrashing against Penrith

Craig Bellamy admits Melbourne ‘got what they deserved’ after Magic Round thrashing against Penrith…and insists the loss is a ‘GOOD come-down’ as Storm needed a reality check

  • Melbourne was thrashed 32-6 by Penrith in the Magic Round on Saturday
  • Craig Bellamy said the loss was a much-needed wake-up call for Storm
  • Melbourne was without Jahrome Hughes, Ryan Papenhuyzen and Reimis Smith
  • But Bellamy said injuries were not the reason for Melbourne’s loss.

Craig Bellamy believes Melbourne’s 32-6 loss to Penrith in the Magic Round was a welcome reality check for his team, admitting that they “got what they deserved”.

Melbourne came into the clash against the reigning premiers at the top of the NRL ladder after beating the Panthers last week but was never in the races.

The Storm trailed 14-0 after just over 10 minutes and any hope sparked by Nick Meaney’s first-half try was quickly dashed when Penrith scored another three tries before halftime.

Craig Bellamy said Melbourne got what it deserved in a 32-6 thrashing of Penrith

Craig Bellamy said Melbourne got what it deserved in a 32-6 thrashing of Penrith

“It’s probably a game that we needed after three or four weeks where we won really well,” Bellamy said after the game.

‘With all due respect, it was quite a comedown for us.

‘We got what we deserved tonight. Maybe we haven’t done as well as others thought.

Penrith returned to the top of the NRL ladder with a commanding win at Suncorp Stadium

Penrith returned to the top of the NRL ladder with a commanding win at Suncorp Stadium

There were extenuating circumstances for Melbourne, which was without star running back Jahrome Hughes, fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen, the NRL’s leading try-scorer this season, and center Reimis Smith.

While the latter two were ruled out of the Magic Round after being injured last Sunday in the win against the Dragons, Hughes retired late with a calf problem.

Bellamy, however, refused to use the injuries as an excuse for the result.

The Storm hit back in the first half thanks to Nick Meaney's attempt, but that was the best it could get for an injury-depleted Melbourne.

The Storm hit back in the first half thanks to Nick Meaney’s attempt, but that was the best it could get for an injury-depleted Melbourne.

Storm running back Cooper Johns fought in place of the injured Jahrome Hughes

Storm running back Cooper Johns fought in place of the injured Jahrome Hughes

“We had three guys out last week, but that will happen to other teams and to us this year,” he said.

“We expect the guys that come in to do a job and play to their strengths and do their jobs.

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

Viliame Kikau (centre) celebrates Penrith's second try with Izack Tago (No. 3)

Viliame Kikau (centre) celebrates Penrith’s second try with Izack Tago (No. 3)

The Panthers racked up more than twice as many meters (1976 to 996) as Melbourne and completed 79 per cent of their sets to the Storm’s 64 per cent.

Bellamy admitted that his team had been unusually sloppy in possession.

“Some of the mistakes, like I think we threw three forward passes tonight from the dead half,” he said.

I can’t remember the last time we did that. We show no patience at all. We did not complete well.

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