Sunday, October 25, 2020

Craig Bellamy gives Cameron Smith the finger during Melbourne Storm’s win over Wests Tigers

Craig Bellamy gives Cameron Smith the finger during Melbourne Storm's win over Wests Tigers

Craig Bellamy has acknowledged he may be fined after giving the one-finger salute to skipper Cameron Smith during the Melbourne Storm’s win over the Tigers.

With just a few minutes left to play in the 50-22 victory on Saturday night, Smith toed the ball through from dummy half after some ruck interference about a metre from the tryline, winning the race to ground the ball.

The second the bunker flashed the green light, Smith and his Storm teammates erupted in celebration, pointing and laughing at the coach’s box.

The Storm skipper had just scored his 47th career try, surpassing coach Bellamy’s tally from his playing days with Canberra in the ’80s and ’90s.

As his charges had a laugh at his expense, Bellamy was caught on camera flipping them off, delivering another pointed gesture just for his skipper as Smith carried on before the conversion.

Cameron Smith scores a try about once every nine games.(AAP: Regi Varghese)

Bellamy was asked after the game if he thought he had a fine coming and shrugged it off, saying it was obviously a joke and if the league decides to fine him, so be it.

“I have to apologise for my reaction when they all started looking up at the box and laughing at me,” he said.

“I just sort of stuck it up. I was surprised the camera caught me actually.

“The only thing I can feel OK about is it took him [427] games to get there and I got mine in about 140 or 150.”

He’s right. Bellamy’s 46 tries in 148 games as a utility with the Raiders from 1982 to 1992 came at a clip of one every 3.2 games, while Smith’s came at a relatively glacial rate of a try every 9.1 games.

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