The Titans have reportedly been left furious after a controversial Cameron Smith tackle left Kevin Proctor with a torn groin.
A sloppy Melbourne did enough to secure the points against an injury-riddled Gold Coast on Saturday night in a bruising opener to Brisbane’s NRL double header.
At one stage, the Titans bench was empty after Jarrod Wallace (head knock), Will Matthews (head knock), Proctor (groin) and Keegan Hipgrave (wrist) were all in the casualty ward.
Wallace and Hipgrave returned but another head clash put Jack Stockwell out of action, while Melbourne half Ryley Jacks was also ruled out of the clash with concussion.
Proctor’s injury came in a tackle from former teammate Smith, with the Storm captain going unpunished despite his questionable effort on the New Zealander.
Smith appeared to intentionally pull Proctor’s leg at an awkward angle, placing stress on his groin.
Fox Sports reporter Andy Raymond said the Titans were ‘furious’ with Smith.
“Kevin Proctor, sitting down here almost in tears,” Raymond said. “The eyes are misty, in a great deal of pain and filthy, along with the Gold Coast Titans, about the tackle that has ended his night.
“The Titans (are) furious.”
Fans flocked to social media to slam Smith and demand the match review committee take a look at the tackle.
No love lost between former Storm teammates Cam Smith and Kevin Proctor. Proctor in tears on sideline with what looks like a torn groin muscle after Smith wrenched his leg in tackle. Surely gets looked at by MRC? #NRLStormTitans
— Chris Kennedy (@CKennedy80) May 12, 2018
If the NRL does not suspend Cameron Smith it's because the league is corrupt. #nrlstormtitans
— Garbologist (@Garbologist_) May 12, 2018
Nope Cameron Smith is the worst. He’s a cheat who shows no regard for the opposition. #Narrative
— Sean McBae (@buttsey888) May 12, 2018
When will the @NRL crack down on the Melbourne @storm and their dangerous tackling techniques? What was done to Kevin Proctor by Cameron Smith was 100% deliberate he knew what he was doing. #NRLStormTitans #nrl @FOXNRL @FOXNRLLive @GCTitans
— The Bryan Madigan (@thebryanmadigan) May 12, 2018
Cameron Smith must be suspended for that horrific tackle on Kevin Proctor. #NRLStormTitans
— Honest Opinions (@cricket_fan_cz) May 12, 2018
Two referees on the pitch and Cameron Smith still gets away with thuggery.
— Phil Cole (@philcole13) May 12, 2018
@BuzzRothfield So will Cameron Smith get sighted for his tackle on Proctor?
— Scott Bentley (@JuniorT1ger) May 12, 2018
However Smith did go some way to redeeming himself with a brilliant piece of sportsmanship after Stockwell was left heavily concussed.
Smith immediately ran over to check on Stockwell after the Titans prop hit the ground, before helping him to his feet before he was helped from the field.
The sportsmanship of @storm skipper Cameron Smith never ceases to impress… helping an injured opponent from the field. That's class!
— tony jones (@TJch9) May 12, 2018
Cameron smith you are a true sportsman
— andrew brandreth (@lonhrowally) May 12, 2018
Classy by Cameron Smith to Check on Jack Stockwell immediately after he was knocked out cold. Hope Jack will be OK. #NRLStormTitans
— Ash Brewin. (@FastAshFurious) May 12, 2018
— NRL CONSPIRACIES (@NrlConspiracies) May 12, 2018
Melbourne finished 28-14 winners on Saturday evening at Suncorp Stadium, with three second-half tries saving embarrassment.
Christian Welch’s sin-binning for a professional foul that stopped a probable Titans try gave the Titans a late sniff.
But with the Gold Coast probing, Josh Addo-Carr scooped up a loose pass and raced away to seal the contest with his 12th try this season.