'Gritty' footy pleases Bellamy

A 3-0 record is satisfying but it is the manner in which each of those wins have been achieved that has most pleased Storm coach Craig Bellamy.

Melbourne maintained their unbeaten start to 2016 with a thrilling 21-14 win over the Warriors in Auckland on Sunday.

Leading 12-4 at half-time, the men in purple defended bravely into the wind, fighting fatigue as the Warriors threw everything at them in the second half.

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“We made a couple of interchanges and we seemed to find a bit of a spark again,” Bellamy said.

“Sometimes when you’re doing it tough and basically out of gas it is hard to get back in the game again but the boys did.”

The second half effort in New Zealand showcased the fighting spirit Storm have shown in the early stages of 2016.

The coach is by no means getting carried away following Sunday’s win but made a point of acknowledging the enourmous effort of his players.

“The most pleasing thing for me, this team this year has been playing some fairly gritty footy,” Bellamy said.

“We’ve been gritting our teeth in the tough times, getting through them pretty well and then coming out the other side.

“That is the thing I am really proud of at the moment, I thought they did that really well today.”

Melbourne will now turn their attention to Cronulla, who they will travel to face at Shark Park next Monday night.