Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett has offered a blunt response after his team's dismantling at the hands of a prolific Melbourne Storm outfit on Thursday.
A 71-year record-equalling six tries from star winger Josh Addo-Carr helped the Storm run up a 50-0 score against a depleted Rabbitohs outfit.
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The win rocketed last year's premiers into second on the ladder but coach Craig Bellamy was more impressed with their complete performance, which he hailed as their best of the season.
Earlier this year, they scored 52 points against Canterbury but let in three tries which tested Bellamy's impossibly high standards.
However, Rabbitohs coach Bennett was more brutal in his assessment of the game.
He claimed he was warning fans of the pending poor performance in recent weeks.
“We probably got what we deserved, I thought we have been heading that way in the last couple of weeks and managed to pull games out of the fire and Melbourne are too good for that,” Bennett said.
Bennett then hit back at a reporter and said he had warned them a poor performance was coming.
“It was coming. That’s what I was on about last week in Canberra," he said.
"It just got worse tonight against a really quality team.”
Bellamy pleased with Storm win
Thursday's win was the first time this season the Storm have held a team scoreless, and just the third time they've done so since the start of 2017.
"That was easily our best performance of the season. I don't think we've put together a good consistent 80 minutes together this year," Bellamy said.
"We've had a couple of good halves, and a couple of games that we've been good for 60 minutes or so, but not 80 and I thought tonight we did that.
"I know Souths were down in strength a bit but a team can only play what's put out there and I thought they were tremendous tonight."
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