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Craig Bellamy press conference, Melbourne Storm, Newcastle Knights game, questions players work ethic, how important

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Storm coach Craig Bellamy has unleashed a rare public spray on his players, questioning their work ethic and will to win after a shock loss to the Knights.

Bellamy, who has been coaching Melbourne since 2003, said the final 70 minutes of the match was the most disappointing he’d seen at the club.

The Storm led 12-0 after just eight minutes but then took their foot off the gas and invited Newcastle back into the match.

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The Knights delivered a gutsy 26-18 victory to keep their season alive and Bellamy was left fuming in his post-match press conference.

“Sometimes you wonder how important it is to them?” Bellamy said.

“They just looked like they wanted it more than us. I’m not quite sure where our intensity was in the last half hour of the first half.

“It was disappointing, it was probably as disappointing a 70 minutes that I can remember, especially that first half, we lacked energy, we lacked enthusiasm, we looked like we lacked communication.

“I’m not quite sure where that initial enthusiasm, aggression and intent went, you know. It was like it just got too hard or we thought it was going to be too easy.

“One thing we pride ourselves on is not getting complacent, or never getting complacent, that’s not what we’re about and we don’t want to be about that, but I’m not quite sure if that was it.

Craig Bellamy in his post-game presser.Source: Getty Images

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“At the end of the day they out-enthused us and out-worked us to be quite honest and that was the difference in the end.”

Bellamy conceded his side’s patches of complacency has been a problem all season.

“It’s been an up and down year with that… We have given up some leads,” he said.

“You’re going to get beat every now and again when you have a good start… But it’s been a little bit inconsistent this year and we have to ask ourselves – how ruthless are we?

Or how ruthless do we want to be? Do we want to be a good football team when we’ve got all the ball and it’s easy going?

“Or do we want to be a good football team in any situation? We haven’t been that this year.”

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