Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has spoken about his furious blow-up during Sunday’s NRL Grand Final.
Although the Storm were comfortably ahead throughout the must-win match at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, that didn’t stop Bellamy from losing his temper throughout the second half.
Veins were throbbing from the 61-year-old’s neck as he yelled into the coach’s box telephone, and the hilarious reactions continued as the Panthers threatened to make a dream comeback in the second half.
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When Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary dived over in the 80th minute to reduce the deficit to six points, Channel 9’s cameras captured Bellamy swearing and viciously kicking over a chair.
Craig Bellamy’s coaching box blow-up after Nathan Cleary’s try in the Grand Final.Source:Supplied
The chaos ended with him leaving the box, presumably to scream some more of his frustrations away.
In the final 10 minutes, his poor heart had to endure more drama than any man of his stress-levels ever should as the Storm held on for a six-point win that came down to the final play of the game.
He rode every moment of the match as if it was life-and-death — his cheering of Suliasi Vunivalu’s 80m intercept try in the first half particularly noteworthy.
I GIFed it. You’re welcome everyone! 😂 pic.twitter.com/CQroMWTg8K
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Bellamy conceded: “I looked like a d***head.
“I’ve done it a few times and the TV cameras get me every time.
“It’s frustration, it’s pressure and it’s emotion. There’s no hiding from it.
“Things started falling apart and I lost it. I haven’t seen it on TV, but everyone’s telling me about it. I look like a bit of a d***head taking it out on the chair.
“I don’t like it, but it’s just letting the emotion out … (but) I cool down pretty quickly.”
Storm coach Craig Bellamy.Source:Getty Images
In September, Bellamy conceded the 2021 season would most likely be his last with the powerhouse club as head coach.
Speaking to The Courier-Mail, Bellamy admitted the stress of being a full-time NRL coach has taken its toll, and he was eager to hang up the boots next year.
“I think that is one of the reasons I’m looking forward to retiring,” Bellamy said.
“That passion wears me out at times … We are in the stage of the season where you get a bit frazzled and it’s been a long, hard year.
“I’m thinking that this (the end of his current Storm contract) will be my tenure as a head coach, without a doubt.
“I’m pretty sure that at this time next year I will be close to finishing.”
— with Tyson Otto
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