‘Complete’ performance builds excitement
It was a night where just about everything came up purple.
The 64-6 score line told one part of the story, the rest was down to the complete 80 minute performance by every man in purple.
Craig Bellamy’s men piled on two tries inside the first five minutes and from there it was simply a purple procession.
Eleven tries in total and a record-winning margin against the Rabbitohs gave the coach very little room to find fault in the game.
“It was a great result for us,” Craig Bellamy said.
“It is hard to be critical of anything we did tonight… it was a pretty complete performance.
“I usually put more emphasis on our defence but I thought we were outstanding at the start of both halves with the footy. That set the foundation and the platform for us to go on and score that many points.
“I just thought some of the things we did with the footy at the start of each half was probably as good as we’ve done all year to be quite honest.”
The feeling from the skipper was one of equal satisfaction.
To execute a plan so clinically and ruthlessly bodes well for what lies ahead for Melbourne over the coming month.
“I thought we executed our game plan well tonight, we didn’t get carried away at any stage,” Cameron Smith said.
“We really did a good job to contain our excitement and our willingness to chance our arm a little bit.
“I was really pleased with the way we stuck with what we planned to do all week. I think in return that resulted in some good footy played by the team and a fair few points on the scoreboard.
“That is one of the more complete performances put on by this team in quite a long time I reckon.”