MELBOURNE coach Craig Bellamy will seek a meeting with NRL referees boss Robert Finch after the Storm were again penalised several times early by official Shayne Hayne in their 46-0 win over the Bulldogs.
The Dogs eventually won the penalty count 7-3 and had the Storm pinned back early in the game after the home side was penalised several times in succession.
â€œI’ll have to talk to Robert Finch during the week, or one of the assistant coaches will,” Bellamy said.
â€œUnder this referee, he always seems to give it to us early.
â€œI’m not quite sure, I’ll have to go back and look at it because we might deserve that.
â€œBut it seems to be a persistent thing that happens with us with Shayne, so it’s something we need to look at.
â€œBut I think we responded really well.
â€œWe had to make a lot of tackles on our try-line and to come back from that was really good.”
Melbourne were held scoreless until the 13th minute, when skipper Cameron Smith crashed over for his first try of 2008 – one of eight scored by Melbourne on the night.
â€œI thought they started the game pretty strongly (but) we got hammered again in the penalties,” Bellamy said.