Craig Bellamy. One of the greatest coaches we will ever see. Game 500, a big occasion, and his Melbourne Storm side narrowly got the job done against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

In a game that had everything from errors, well-worked tries, calmness, field goals, and more, it was the Storm who emerged victorious at 15-14.

Despite some early pressure from the Rabbitohs, they were unable to capitalise and it was the Storm who scored first points.

Harry Grant made his return and was immediately involved, kicking crossfield for Xavier Coates who finished the play off to score.

Not too long after, the Storm were in again through Ryan Papenhuyzen.

Down the right flank, Papenhuyzen put Coates away down the sideline before getting the ball back to score the Storm’s second.

Grant stepped once again as he blitzed his way through a soft Souths middle defence, finding Cameron Munster on his inside to put the Storm up 14-0 at the break.

The Rabbitohs continued to have their chances but failed to make the most of them early in the second half.

The attack was looking ugly for the Rabbitohs but they did open their account via Alex Johnston who scored the 138th try of his career.

The match then turned on its head in what would turn out to be a frantic five minutes when Justin Olam was sin-binned for repeated Storm infringements.

The Rabbitohs went right this time and were able to score through Jaxson Paulo, who moved to the right wing after a poor game at left centre.

Campbell Graham then cut the lead even further when he took a nice pass from Latrell Mitchell, cut inside, and planted the ball down.

Up until this moment, Mitchell had a relatively quiet game but a booming 46m field goal roared new life into the game as scores were locked up 14-all.

The Storm, however, showing their calmness, saw one of their playmakers step up.

With their first attacking raid in golden point, Papenhuyzen coolly slotted a field goal to win the game for the Storm.

The loss sees Souths drop to 0-2 as they still remain winless in Melbourne after 18 games.

The Storm players value Bellamy as their coach and that was evident in Papenhuyzen’s praise of him post-game.

“Happy to get the win in Belza’s 500th,” Papenhuyzen said.

“He is definitely someone to admire as a coach but as a person too. He’s a pretty special coach and a special person.

“He likes to get to know our families, likes to get to know everyone around the place.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re the janitor or the president he treats everyone the same and that’s a really good trait to have and it’s infectious throughout the group.”

Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou has faith in his side and believes their first win is not too far away.

“We’ve got to keep believing in ourselves and it will come, I have no doubt,” Demetriou said.

“I’m pretty proud of the boys because at 14-0 down with a 50 percent completion rate in the first half that game could have gone anywhere.”

Melbourne Storm 15 (Coates, Papenhuyzen, Munster; Goals: Papenhuyzen 1; Field Goals: Papenhuyzen 1) def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 (Johnston, Paulo, Graham; Field Goals: Mitchell 1).

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South Sydney Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell

By ricky

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