Filthy Bellamy’s Storm accusation
Billy Slater wasn't given an opportunity to celebrate his 300th game, and Craig Bellamy says it's all on his side for failing to turn up on Saturday night at AAMI Stadium.
Fans sat gobsmacked as the 2017 premiers flopped to a 10-8 loss as the Tigers, tipped by many before round one as the year's wooden-spooners, rocked into gear and claimed their second huge win of the year.
"They beat us to the jump on everything tonight, they had a lot more intent, especially with their running," Bellamy said at the post-match press conference before ripping into his side.
"We need to be better than that for a guy who has played 300 games for our club, and another guy's (Kenny Bromwich) played 100 games for our club, so to have a lack of intent at the start of the game, that ain't good enough."
The Storm's fresh halves duo after the depart of Cooper Cronk still appear to be working into their groove after a number of missed opportunities.
"That was always going to be a bit of an issue and you expect a few hiccups there but there's a few other things that need sorting out and we will work hard to sort them out this week," Bellamy said.
After their opening-round defeat of premiership heavyweights the Sydney Roosters, the Tigers showed no fear against the Storm on Saturday night to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
The Melbourne Storm looked completely out of sorts for the first 60 minutes of the game, and then things started falling their way.
After Ben Matulino was sent to the sin bin, the Storm pounced and through the freakish skills of Suliasi Vunivalu, they scored the first try of the game.
It was then the Tigers who couldn't string anything together and as the penalties began to build up, fans were quick to slam the referees for favouring the Storm.
Thankfully the Tigers didn't let that stop them from making a late charge and after getting into great field position, they forced their way over the line to stun the Storm.
Luke Brooks got on the end of a broken piece of play and after being sent upstairs, the try was finally awarded and gave the Tigers the 10-8 victory.
The Tigers tossed aside the script for Storm superstar Billy Slater's 300th NRL match to rattle the home side from the opening whistle and nailed the win with Brooks' try in the 78th minute.
In a frantic first half, the Tigers beat Melbourne at their own game - out- defending the tightest team in the competition.
Frustrated by their inability to get across the line, the Storm's error count grew alongside their penalty count.
Like the Roosters game, it was a tryless first half and a scoreless match until Esan Marsters kicked two penalty goals in the final two minutes of the half for a 4-0 lead.
The Storm were held scoreless in the first half for the first time since the 2016 Grand Final when they took on the Cronulla Sharks.
They had also won 12 of the last 13 encounters against the Tigers.