Munster’s reaction summed up Storm’s night. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Munster’s reaction summed up Storm’s night. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

A fine end to Munster’s night

MELBOURNE Storm star Cameron Munster has escaped with only a fine for kicking Sydney Roosters' Joseph Manu in the 78th minute of the grand final.

Munster, 23, received a $1400 fine - with an early plea - for the grade one contract conduct charge from the NRL match review committee.

The playmaker sent to the sin bin twice during the 15-point grand final loss, once for a professional foul in the first half and then finally for clipping Manu in the back of the head with an errant boot.

The incident capped a forgettable night for the Storm, soundly beaten in all facets of the contest.

"It wasn't overly smart," Bellamy said. "I think that's (frustration) what it would be.

"Cameron's, to be quite honest, not that type of player so obviously there was a lot of frustration in there and you certainly don't condone what he did and I know he's very regretful about that."

Munster was arguably the Storm's best on Sunday night, especially in the second half as Melbourne searched desperately for points.

His ability to play off the cuff, and create in tight spaces, helped to hold the Roosters to just three points after halftime.

A calamity of errors and penalties compounded the Storm's woes, unable to retain the ball long enough to build any momentum.

Rubbing salt in the wounds the Roosters went into the game one short, basically, with Cooper Cronk (broken scapula) unable to do much more than directing traffic.

The reaction summed up Storm’s night. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
The reaction summed up Storm’s night. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

"If we could have hung onto the ball a little bit more we might have been able to get at him more," Bellamy said.

"He was quite good at getting out of the road, too, or find the places, I wouldn't say hide, but to get out of the road.

"We didn't have enough ball to go chasing him."

Munster and Felise Kaufusi were both named in the Kangaroos squad for upcoming Test matches against New Zealand and Tonga.

Will Chambers, however, was dumped in favour of Roosters nemesis Latrell Mitchell.



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