Papenhuyzen runs but – as usual




Ryan Papenhuyzen came to the rescue of Craig Bellamy’s 500 game celebration with a spectacular basket to hand a complacent Melbourne Storm a thrilling win over South Sydney in overtime.

The Storm, who skipped the Rabbitiohs in the first half, nearly squandered their advantage as they squandered a 14-point lead to let the Sydneysiders level things at full time thanks to Latrell Michelle’s field goal seconds from full time.

The effervescent Papenhuyzen, cool and calm, scored a miraculous golden point victory when he cleverly cut through the advancing defense and then netted a superb drop-goal minutes into extra time in front of a thrilled home crowd for the first times in almost a year. .

An under-manned, 12-man Storm was battling the tide when Mitchell re-energized Souths to level the scores.

But the fantastic Melbourne manager was not to be denied recognition for a fantastic run with this great team as they executed a master plan to seal victory.

The Storm continue to defy all odds, despite losing key players to opposing clubs, thanks to a genius coach at Bellamy who continues to manufacture stars of the future every season.

(Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Experts write them off every year, as poaching threatens to destabilize this slick machine.

But the modest Bellamy continues to trap opposing clubs. Through his shrewd methods, he took Melbourne to dizzying heights that surely had even his former mentor, Wayne Bennett, baffled but impressed with his accomplishments.

The champion team has always worked on a core of talent that drives them to success – no more than Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk, who has now become Brandon Smith, Jahrome Hughes and Papenhuyzen, who harnessed the talent around them to once again become a powerful force.

As he reflects on life after training, the football world hopes Bellamy will stick around because of the legacy he created.




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