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Competition - NRL  Premiership

Teams - Cronulla Sharks v Melbourne Storm

Date – 28th or March 2016

Venue – Shark Park, Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Photographer – Grant Trouville

Description – #WET #Rain #mud

Melbourne Storm's 14-6 loss against Cronulla on Monday night came with a mixture of the good and the bad.

At times the Sharks' pace proved too much to handle while at other stages the purple wall held firm in the face of incredible pressure.

However the fact good football appeared only in patches rather than the consistenly was what most frustrated the coach after the game.

"There were some really good parts I thought, in the second half they had the ball on our line and in the first half we had 12 men and we dug in and defended pretty well, but we had some really ordinary parts," Bellamy said.

"It was a real mixture which is a little bit of us from last year. That is one thing we didn’t want to be this year, we didn't want to be inconsistent.

"That was the disappointing part for me. They out enthused us, they out aggressed us, they out-worked us and they out-disciplined us as well."

Both of Cronulla's tries came courtesy of line breaks up the middle as Valentine Holmes and Ben Barba pounced on gaps in the defence.

Bellamy has witnessed plenty during his time in the Melbourne coaching box but on Monday night he still witnessed something he never had before.

"I can’t remember the last time Storm have had all their tries against us come through the middle of our ruck," Bellamy said.

"That just hasn't happened in the 14 years I've been here, that's really disappointing for me.

"We've got to get over this really quickly, we've got another game in five days."

Storm were forced to play much of the game with 16 men after Curtis Scott left the field with a leg injury inside 15 minutes. Scott has suffered a suspected fractured fibula and will undergo scans in the next few days to determine the extend of the injury.

Down a man and forced to defend for long periods of the game, the defensive effort ultimately took its toll on Melbourne who were unable to generate any momentum in attack.

It is a clear area of improvement the side will look to address ahead of their meeting with the Knights at AAMI Park this Saturday.

"There were times in our attack tonight where things just broke down," Storm captain Cameron Smith said.

"I don't think it was through a lack of effort but we had plenty of work to do defensively tonight and maybe we were a bit gassed there at the end."

"There are a lot of things we need to work on in our attack."

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.