It was going to happen eventually, the question was when, which round and against which team. That situation, was the Melbourne Storm losing a game in 2013 and it has happened, with the Canberra Raiders recording a 24-20 victory over the Storm at AAMI Park.
If you ask Storm coach Craig Bellamy, though, he says that the loss has been coming for the last three weeks now, with his side often getting themselves into trouble during games and only just narrowly winning.
“They were a lot more committed and determined than us,” Bellamy said.
“This has been coming; our past three home games have been like this and we’ve only really started playing when we’ve got into trouble.
“We were probably a little bit lucky against the Tigers and the Warriors and perhaps our luck ran out.”
The Raiders are one of the only teams with a solid track record in Melbourne, having now won the past three contests against the Storm at AAMI Park – with Blake Ferguson one of the stars for Canberra, scoring all 12 points for the Raiders in the first half.
The Storm’s edge defence has not been as great as in previous years and that is an area that Bellamy says his side have to work on, ASAP.
“We were pretty poor on our edges and that’s something we’ll have to really work hard on,” said Bellamy.
The Raiders effort was made even better by the fact that Tom Learoyd-Lahrs went off with suspected nerve damage in his foot, back-rower Joe Picker suffered concussion at one point before returning and hooker Glen Buttriss played with a fractured finger.
For Raiders captain Terry Campese, he was in disbelief that his side managed to get the victory over the Storm.
“It was definitely up there with one of the best I’ve been involved with,” Campese said.
“We’ve got to learn now that we can match it with the best sides.
“We just knocked Melbourne off their perch and we’ve got to take confidence from that.”
3. Blake Ferguson
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