Bellamy wants a faster, better, stronger Storm


Storm coach Craig Bellamy said he was pleased with his side’s six tries in their opening game but saw lots of improvement in the reigning premiers.

“With two new halves in it was a bit unorganised at times and we made it a bit hard on ourselves on a few occasions,” Bellamy said.

“The good thing for us is that we have a lot of improvement in us and to score that many points was pleasing.

“I thought we were a bit scrappy early with our defence and it didn’t look like it was as important to us as it should be.

“But we will sort that out this week and the good thing is we have plenty of improvement in us, all teams have after Round one, but to win like that and have a lot of improvement in us is hopefully a good sign.”

The Tigers also impressed on Saturday with Ivan Cleary’s cubs upsetting Sydney Roosters 10-8 after a late try from rookie winger Corey Thompson and a conversion from playmaker Tuimoala Lolohea.

While the Tigers didn’t have a big tally, they showed the foundations of having an excellent attack and if the Storm’s defence doesn’t pick up this week they could face a much sterner test come Saturday night.

The Storm had no new injury woes after the game and handed a club debut to former Bulldog Sam Kasiano who came on for the last 10 or so minutes after he had battled an ankle problem over the past month.

Winger Josh Addo-Carr scored two tries and was among the beneficiaries of Munster’s hard-running and playmaking as he broke the line and dished off to Addo-Carr for his first try.

Bellamy said Munster was not the finished product and could still prove to be a telling player as a five-eighth which is the role he is expected to play as long as Slater is in the side.

“He didn’t even have a touch there for a while but when he had a few he caused some problems,” Bellamy said.


“He’s a very, very talented player. No matter where he plays he’s always going to have a real impact. He was one of our best tonight. He turned the game for us.

“At the moment probably No.1 is his best position because he’s probably played there more. The more time he gets at five-eighth, the better, then he will be able to play that position as well as he plays fullback.

“It’s pretty exciting to see what he’s doing.”

Munster said post game his side needed to give up less penalties and complete more sets.

"We have just got to work on our completions, we gave away too much ball and you can't do that against quality sides," Munstr told Fox Sports.

The NRL double-header drew 38,824 supporters to the new Perth venue with New Zealand Warriors and South Sydney Rabbitohs playing the early game.

The Storm play Wests Tigers at AAMI Park on Saturday at 7.30pm.

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Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.

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