Stats That Matter - Round 9
Craig Bellamy now sits outright sixth for most games coached in NRL history. The Storm master coached stepped into the coaches box for the 404th time in his illustrious career on Sunday. His record now stands at 272 wins, 128 losses and 2 draws - with a winning percentage of 68 per cent. He is the greatest coach of the modern era and there is no telling just how many more pages of the record books will be filled with Bellamy's name.
On Sunday Justin Olam became the second player from Papua New Guinea to represent the Melbourne Storm and the 187th player to wear the purple jersey. It was a moment that would have had all of PNG huddled around their televisions on Sunday as they cheered on their newest Storm hero since Marcus Bai. Olam showcased his incredibly strong running ability and even threw a genius flick pass in the closing stages to finish off the Josh Addo-Carr hat-trick.
It was the most points Melbourne have conceded in a game all year, by a significant margin. Prior to Sunday the most an opponent had put on them was 20 points but the Dragons were able to time and again find a way through the usually solid purple wall. A total of 14 errors with the ball (65 per cent completion) and a whopping 35 missed tackles told the story on a day where it did not quite click at either end of the field for the men in purple.
It is not a margin Storm have been accustomed to being on the wrong end of. In fact, you have to go back to the 2016 Preliminary final for the last time Melbourne lost a game by 20 points. The feeling will no doubt be an unpleasant one coming home to Melbourne tonight however the only way to get rid of that burning feeling is with a bounce back performance at the NRL Double Header next Saturday against the Titans.
There was not a great deal to cheer about for Storm fans but even on a day like this you can still rely on The Foxx. Josh Addo-Carr scored all three Storm tries in yet another masterclass on the wing to put him right in the centre of the Origin conversation, so much so it would be a head scratcher for NSW selectors to leave him out now. The young star has now scored 11 tries in the first nine games to move into equal first on the competition try-scoring tally.