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Bellamy positive about extra-time draw

By Melissa Woods 26/04/2009 02:56:38 PM Comments (0)

The scoreboard showed a draw but Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy believes more positives than negatives came out of his side's 14-all NRL draw against the Warriors.

Bellamy described his team's effort as "gutsy" after they were forced to play the final 52 minutes of the match, including golden-point extra time, with only 15 men.

The Storm lost backrower Kevin Proctor to an ankle injury and then winger Anthony Quinn was knocked unconscious by an accidental knee just before halftime at Olympic Park.

The winger was taken to hospital by ambulance after he suffered convulsions and was unconscious for about seven minutes.

He was discharged late on Saturday night and will undergo further tests this week.

"It was a pretty gutsy effort from our blokes," said Bellamy.

"To play with 15 guys, and go extra time, in a game that just went up and back and up and back in that second half like it did, it was a gutsy effort.

"I don't want to sound like I'm preaching here but we came off a short turnaround there too.

"We had a Monday night game and some people don't really realise how tough that can be sometimes."

Making the undermanned Storm's task of holding out the relentless Warriors even tougher was that Brett White was only playing his first match this season after almost six months sidelined following surgery on his feet.

The NSW Origin prop gave the Storm some much-needed extra grunt and said he had recovered well.

"I felt pretty good out there, I think the adrenalin was pumping through," White said.

"It was such a relief to get through the game, it's been a while.

"It was unfortunate we lost two players, it was a hard slog and everyone had a bit of extra work and I probably had more than I expected to."

Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith described the performance as their best attacking display this year and said new recruit Brett Finch was key to that.

"It seemed to roll on a lot more smoothly," Smith said.

"We were making a lot of metres through the middle there and it's probably the most I've been able to get out and have a bit of room and bring the boys onto the footy.

"I think having Brett Finch there with his experience on the other side of the footy from Cooper (Cronk) really helped.

"He was commanding the footy all night and gave myself an extra option there.

"There were a lot of positive signs there for us, obviously it's a very empty feeling to come away with just the one point after such a brave effort but that's a result and we need to look forward to next week now."

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