While the weight of penalties from Friday night caused much angst throughout the rugby league community, Craig Bellamy knows his side needs to start doing the little things well if they are to turn their form around.
When pressed about the refereeing following Storm’s Good Friday loss to the Sharks in Cronulla, Bellamy refused to buy into the talk instead focusing on Storm’s own performance and the required improvement.
“I’m not here to criticise the referees or the way they’ve decided to go,” Bellamy explained.
“At the end of the day I was really disappointed with our performance, and that’s all I can control.
“I know there will be a lot of talk about it but I’m more concerned with the way we played.
“Our performance wasn’t good enough tonight.”
Storm captain Cameron Smith echoed the thoughts of his coach after what was a frustrating albeit tight contest for players and fans alike. Melbourne’s 64% completion rate and 15 errors did not allow the visitors to build any pressure on the Cronulla defence when in attack.
“It was frustrating because we didn’t play well,” Smith said.
“We didn’t get any momentum in the game, we were our own worst enemy tonight.
“We were very poor with our handling, it’s something that has plagued our season so far. It’s something we need to fix quite quickly.”