21 Jul 2014

Storm building towards finals

1:54 pm on 21 July 2014

Melbourne are showing all the right signs as they build towards the NRL finals according to coach Craig Bellamy.

After he judged last week's two-point loss to Canterbury as their "best defensive effort of the season", the Storm coach was satisfied by the six-try romp in a 28-14 win over Canberra.

The Raiders fought back to trail 14-10 at halftime at AAMI Park but a double to bustling Melbourne centre Mahe Fonua helped the home side close out the match.

Canberra, who were gunning for their fourth successive win in Melbourne, were let down by a high error count which cruelled many of their attacking opportunities.

The Storm captain Cameron Smith wore a No.16 jersey as part of the Rise for Alex fundraising round, with the number worn by Alex McKinnon retired for the season by Newcastle.

McKinnon was left in a wheelchair after a tackle by McLean at the same ground in round three.

The Storm are now 8th on the NRL ladder, level on points with the 7th placed Warriors, while the Raiders remain second to last, just two points above the bottom placed Sharks.