Eels left disappointed as Melbourne record impressive win

Billy Slater

It was a game that saw the Melbourne Storm back to some form of old but it a game that will be remembered for reasons other than Melbourne’s win.

The particular incident that was the talking point was the sin-binning of Parramatta Eels halfback Chris Sandow with twenty minutes to go in the match.

An alleged comment by Sandow along the lines of, “So, how much are you getting paid to ref?” was the talking point post-game, as the decision left Eels coach Brad Arthur seething.

“It needs to be a two way street with the respect shown to the players and the referee,” said Arthur.

“I think it was pretty trivial, I think we need to grow up a bit and get on with refereeing the game… we have just got to referee the game as we see it.

“The players are out there busting their arse, they are making tackle after tackle after tackle and they just want an even share of the ball.”

On the game itself, the Storm were the better side and with the Eels looking a bit flat, they now have a 7-day turnaround when they face the Knights next week.

As for the Storm, it was the return of Billy Slater that was the spark, as he lead from the front for the Storm scoring a double and setting up two other tries.

It was a clinical performance from Slater and one we as NRL fans have come to expect from him and after missing a month of club footy, it was a good way to return.

He was backed up by solid performances from forwards Tohu Harris and backs Kurt Mann and Sisa Waqa, with the execution and finishing of the Storm a strong asset in their win.

The win had an extra special meaning for Slater, as he moved into equal 3rd on the all-time try-scoring list, drawing level with Cronulla Sharks legend, Andrew Ettinghausen.

At 31, Slater is showing no signs of slowing down and with the overall mark held by Ken Irvine with 212, it is possible for Slater to break that record.

At his humble best, Slater thanked his team-mates over the years for providing him with the right opportunities.

“I am very proud to score so many tries but I’ve been very fortunate to play in a lot of good sides,” Slater told NRL.com.

“A lot of the hard work [is done by] my teammates who create opportunities for me and I am very thankful for it.”

As for his injured shoulder, Slater knows that managing it correctly is the key but it is confident that it will be at 100% very soon.

“It is going alright,” said Slater.

“It is something that I am going to have to keep managing for a little while but hopefully it won’t be too long before it is 100 per cent.”

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