“I don’t know what else you can say about him, he just keeps on keeping on.”
The Storm switched their centres for the start of this season with Curtis Scott moving to the right side and Will Chambers to the left, and in the first two games the right side has been potent.
Scott scored a try last week after an assist from Vunivalu while right second-rower Felise Kaufusi was put over to score but couldn’t complete the try. On Friday, full-back Jahrome Hughes, half-back Brodie Croft and Scott all had assists in Vunivalu’s three scores.
Vunivalu told Storm TV post-game he liked his second try after out-running the two teammates to chase down Croft’s grubber kick and score.
“To get a hat-trick here in an away game is good, it just feels good to get those meat pies,” Vunivalu said.
“I had to beat my centre [Scott] and Fusi [Kaufusi] to get that second try, so I like that one.”
While the Storm will happily take their two wins from two games, Bellamy was unhappy with his side conceding 10 penalties, which was double their five penalties last game.
The Storm play Penrith Panthers in Bathurst next round and they cannot afford a repeat of that against another side competing for a top-four berth.
“It was really disappointing, we gave away a fifth-tackle penalty which basically turned the game,” Bellamy said.
“I thought we were pretty much in control and then they scored off that and we had to batten down the hatches.
“I have to give Canberra a lot of credit – it could have been easy for them to go away and say “this is a bit too hard tonight” but they stuck to their guns and made us work for this.”
The Storm handed a debut to centre Marion Seve and Bellamy said the promising outside back had forced his hand after training so well. Seve only played six minutes but he’s highly rated by the Storm.
“He’s come through with great resilience and determination. He had cancer of his testes before, then he lost his dad when we went to the Wests Tigers,” Bellamy said.
“It’s been a tough road for him to first grade, I would have liked to give him more time tonight but we were running out of replacements and the Raiders were coming real hard at us.
“He’s been terrific all pre-season, worked really hard and he will play a lot more first grade this year.
“We don’t usually put an outside back on our bench a whole heap but with the way he has been playing he basically forced his way into the side. We are proud of him tonight and I’m sure his family is too.”
Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.