Scott must learn from NRL punch: Storm

Ben McKay

Curtis Scott's teammates have backed the Melbourne Storm bad boy to return to the NRL with a cooler head after his brain-fade attack on Dylan Walker.

And he'd need to given the shocking incident, for which he'll miss a fortnight of football against North Queensland and Brisbane.

On Monday, Scott accepted a two-week ban for breaking the Manly outside back's eye socket in the Storm's 24-4 loss to the Sea Eagles on Saturday.

Walker will miss at least six weeks of football as he recovers.

Storm lock Dale Finucane said the 20-year-old needed to learn from the shocking incident.

"That's something he's going to be exposed to during games. He needs to have a cooler temper and react a little differently next time," he said.

"He's sent out an apology, he's remorseful for what he's done and it is what it is."

Scott's ban for misconduct was reduced from a possible four matches with his guilty plea and missed minutes in the AAMI Park loss.

Finucane didn't comment on the unbalanced nature of the time out of the sport that both men will face, saying "those are the rules of the game so it's a decision for the hierarchy to make".

The 26-year-old, who will play his 150th match against North Queensland in Townsville on Friday, was more concerned with correcting the sloppy errors that threatened to derail the Storm's season.

With captain Cameron Smith suspended, the Storm were wayward with the ball and lost their way in the second half against Manly.

The loss drops last year's premiers out of the top four and confirms their poor record without Smith.

Since 2011, they've won just 25 per cent of the matches he's missed, winning 73 per cent of the time when he's led them out.

Finucane defended their recent record but conceded they needed to find new ways to win.

"You need to be able to win matches without your captain," he said.

"We've proven that we can do that. The Origin period last year was obviously one of our more successful periods. I think we only lost the one game.

"In saying that he's an integral part of our football side. He brings that calmness to our side that we need.

"(The Manly loss) is disappointing for us and it's been something we've been inconsistent with this year - our poor handling and the weight of possession.

"That's the area we need to rectify to improve."