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Craig Bellamy, Melbourne Storm vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Round 19

Craig Bellamy rocketed his struggling side after shooting themselves in the foot with the same old mistakes in Souths’ 24-12 fourth-round defeat.

Bellamy was frustrated by his inability to defend his backs after the silly mistakes and lapses in discipline that plagued the Storm last month.

“We’ve lost four in a row now,” Bellamy said.

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“The first two losses we were really poor. I thought we made some good moves last week and we had some good parts of our game tonight, but if you’re making mistakes and not supporting well defensively, you’re going to lose the game and that’s what happened tonight. He said.

Bellamy refused to blame the Storm’s growing number of casualties on a poor month of football, which leaves their hopes of a top four spot in serious doubt.

“With all due respect, I don’t care what people put it in or what they think is going on,” Bellamy said.

“These guys are out and we’re going to pick a team and obviously we don’t want injuries but we have guys in our team and we’re not going to take them out of the way.

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Craig Bellamy challenges his Storm players.Source: FOX SPORTS

“They’ve been playing football for a while and they’ve got to go out there and catch the ball, pass the ball and make their tackles.

“We can’t do that for certain parts of our game. Other times we do well, but we are not playing a consistent game for 80 minutes. If we get 65 minutes, that’s an improvement on what we’re doing now.

“That doesn’t stop you from creating your tackles and getting the ball and passing.”

Bellamy was furious at his side’s failure to defend their line after conceding an early penalty, with Souths scrambling in the second minute of the game.

“There were some good efforts tonight, but there are certain things you can’t miss at this level and you pay the price and that’s what we’ve done the last couple of weeks,” Bellamy said.

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We’re going to give away a penalty early tonight and that’s it, but then it could have gone to the corner. It was a minute and a half so we weren’t tired then.

Those are the moments that are hurting us the most right now.

Bellamy admits his team will go in the market to try and cover for their injured players, but the focus is currently on turning around the players currently on the Storm’s books.

“We want to do it, but we’re running out of time,” Bellamy said.

“There are other clubs who have players and they don’t want to let them go.

“We’ll still look at it if we can, but at the end of the day I’m not involved in it.

“My job at the moment is to train the players who got here and that’s my focus.”

Bellamy has issued a challenge to his struggling squad, insisting that only the men on the field have the power to save the season.

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“You have to make it happen and the only way to do that is to work hard,” Bellamy said.

“We are at a crossroads right now. We have to decide whether to turn left or right.

“With all due respect, the players make that decision.”

Corey Parker believes Bellamy was too honest in his scathing assessment and thinks the Storm are guilty of playing below the standards the club has set for the past 20 years.

“I thought Craig was very honest there,” Parker said.

“If he saw it again, he might have chosen his words differently.

“They are at a legal crossroads and he mentioned those words.

“They don’t know where they are going right now.

“Listening to Jesse Bromwich talking about crucial games. You can’t beat Melbourne in crucial games.

“They don’t look like they can compete with South Sydney.

“They’re on defense six and seven. They are fragile at best. They will crack if you apply a little pressure or get repeated settings on a hurricane.

“That’s what other teams are talking about. Last month they were able to bend and crack.

“This is completely at odds with the fabric of Melbourne as we know it.”

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