Melbourne's Ryan Hincliffe contemplates what might have been after losing to the Eels at AAMI Park on Monday night.

Storm fume over key decisions

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy was left fuming at several key moments that went against his side following the Storm's 26-22 defeat at the hands of Parramatta on Monday night. 

Mahe Fonua was denied the match-winning try in the final minute after the video review confirmed the on-field decision that the young Victorian had come up centimetres short of being the hero.

The footage appeared inconclusive and the video referee backed the no-try decision made by Ashley Klein.

It was not so much Klein's decision to rule against his side but rather the rule itself that had the master coach battling to contain his frustration.

"I just think it puts a lot of pressure on the referee to have to make a decision there," Bellamy said. 

"The referees have to make a decision in that case but sometimes they are in no position to make a good decision, they've probably gone on how the ball came out or whatever.

"I've been saying for a few years I don't think that should happen. If they've got a clear view, yeh without a doubt, but that would be really hard there with so many bodies around.

"The old benefit of the doubt to the attacking side has obviously gone which is fine if that is the way they want to go as long as they're consistent with it."

For the record Klein was positioned correctly on the dead ball line.

 

After he had said his piece on that incident Bellamy then turned his attention to the game's second controversial moment that occurred 10 minutes from time.

It came as Ryan Morgan cut the Storm lead to just two points while Melbourne youngster Richard Kennar was left hunched over at the 40 metre line.

Kennar had picked up a head knock but play was not stopped for four tackles as the Storm were left a man down while Morgan crossed. 

"The other disappointing thing while I'm having a whinge is the try when Ryan Morgan scored. We had a guy who got a head knock, staggered back up, then stayed on the ground," Bellamy said.

"Most of the time they stop the game but it went on for four tackles, I am sure someone has seen him stumble.

"I've got no problem if they're not going to stop the game when someone stumbles but you either stop the game for everybody or we don't stop it at all.

"I don't expect the referees to see that straight away, that is not a criticism of them but I'm sure a touch judge or a referee would have seen that and he's laying on the ground three tackles later."

Melbourne remains a game inside the top four despite the loss and will face the top-of-the-table Broncos next Sunday at AAMI Park.