#sports Craig Bellamy slams 'disappointing' Storm for conceding 'soft' tries in shock loss against Raiders 

#sports Craig Bellamy slams ‘disappointing’ Storm for conceding ‘soft’ tries in shock loss against Raiders 

#sports activities Craig Bellamy slams ‘disappointing’ Storm for conceding ‘smooth’ tries in shock loss against Raiders 

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Craig Bellamy slams ‘disappointing’ Storm for conceding tries ‘smooth as butter’ in shock elimination closing loss against Raiders 

Craig Bellamy lamented his crew’s ‘disappointing’ defensive effort as Melbourne allowed Canberra too many ‘smooth’ tries in their elimination closing loss on Saturday.

The Raiders gained 28-20 to safe a fifth successive victory in as many journeys to AAMI Park and ebook a semi-final against Parramatta subsequent week, whereas the Storm season is over.

It marks Melbourne’s earliest exit in the NRL finals since 2014, once they misplaced 28-4 to Canterbury in the elimination closing.

Craig Bellamy lamented his team's 'disappointing' defensive effort against Canberra

Craig Bellamy lamented his crew’s ‘disappointing’ defensive effort against Canberra

Speaking after the sport, Bellamy stated the inconsistent show encapsulated the Storm’s troublesome season.

‘We let too many factors in – you do not win a finals sport letting the opposition rating 28 factors,’ he stated.

‘They scored a few smooth ones too, as smooth as butter, and that was the disappointing factor.’

The Storm have been hamstrung by accidents all through the season and had been lacking seven gamers on Saturday evening, together with star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen.

The Storm suffered a Week 1 exit from the finals for the first time since the 2014 season

The Storm suffered a Week 1 exit from the finals for the primary time for the reason that 2014 season

Jordan Rapana (right) won the game for the Raiders with a try seven minutes from time

Jordan Rapana (proper) gained the sport for the Raiders with a attempt seven minutes from time

Bellamy conceded accidents had finally taken their toll, however refused to make use of the absence of some key gamers as an excuse. 

‘It has been a tough 12 months, a protracted 12 months with the accidents we have had and few different issues occurring,’ he stated.

‘I believed the fellows did a superb job to complete the place we completed however to exit on that efficiency, particularly defensively was disappointing.’

Meanwhile, Canberra coach Ricky Stuart paid tribute to his gamers for upsetting the Storm and praised Melbourne for making life as onerous as attainable for the Raiders.

The Raiders will play Parramatta in Sydney in the semi-final on Friday night

The Raiders will play Parramatta in Sydney in the semi-final on Friday evening 

‘It was a tricky evening, Melbourne did a very good job getting out of their finish and we did not get any good ball,’ he stated.

‘The means the gamers hung in tonight makes me so proud […] We had been out on our legs on quite a few phases of that sport each in the primary and second half. You’ve bought to be a superb soccer crew to beat Melbourne down right here. There’s no secret, you have simply bought to show up and play nicely.’ 

With stalwart brothers Jesse and Kenny Bromwich, Brandon Smith and Felise Kaufusi all leaving the Storm subsequent season, Melbourne will look drastically totally different in 2023.

Canberra, in the meantime, transfer on to face the Eels in the finals for the primary time subsequent week at CommBank Stadium. 

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