Finucane urges Scott to curb emotions
Dale Finucane says Melbourne teammate Curtis Scott needs to keep his emotions in check after the young centre was sent off in Saturday's home loss to Manly.
Scott left the Storm with 12 men midway through the second half after receiving his marching orders for punching Sea Eagles five-eighth Dylan Walker and will miss two matches after taking an early guilty on Monday.
Manly capitalised on Scott's absence to post a commanding 24-4 victory.
"I think [Storm coach] Craig [Bellamy] spoke after the game about Curtis and keeping his cool because that's something he's going to be exposed to during games," Finucane said.
"He just needs to have a cooler temper and react a little differently next time."
The 20-year-old Scott is only in the early stages of his NRL career and opponents could try to provoke him when he returns from suspension.
But Finucane, who plays his 150th NRL game on Friday against the North Queensland Cowboys, didn't think that would be the case.
"Obviously there are probably some individuals in the game that like to play that way I guess, but I don't think anything will come towards Curtis any more than probably what he would have," he said.
The Storm struggled again with 16 errors and only completed 63 per cent for the game.
They dropped to sixth on the ladder and the onus is now on the players to get back on track.
"Obviously it's an issue we've had consistently this year," he said.
"We had a three-game streak where we were more consistent, but we've fallen out of it now. It's addressing where the errors are coming from. They're coming from in the ruck and general play of the areas."
Despite the Storm's stuttering form, Finucane has enjoyed some extended game time after missing four matches with a thumb injury.
He received a message of encouragement from NSW coach Brad Fittler that he was on the selection radar.
"Brad Fittler sent me a text message after I'd done my thumb," he said.
"[Fittler told me] I've been going well and [wished me] all the best. I haven't had any further contact there. But I'd love to play for my state - it's something I'd love to achieve during my career.
"It's obviously a boost to know you're in the thoughts of the selectors. The period of the year when I did my thumb, [I was] probably thinking it would harm my chances. But I've had the opportunity to come back and play a few more games, so we'll see what happens."