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Canberra coach Neil Henry will look at a wide-angle video replay of his side's thrilling loss to Melbourne before taking any complaints to referees' coach Robert Finch.
The Raiders were leading 16-4 at half time on Monday night before the Storm charged back to win 23-16 thanks in part to a video referee decision to disallow a try to Raiders winger Colin Best in the 54th minute and a 5-1 second half penalty count.
"I'll have a look at it on Eagle Cam where you can and send on some stuff to Robert Finch for the review," Henry said at a Canberra recovery session.
Eagle Cam offers a wide-angle view of the entire field.
He will also be looking at a first half incident when the ball came off David Milne and centre Joel Monaghan pounced on it only to have video referee Bill Harrigan disallow the four pointer.
But the Townsville-bound coach took nothing away from the premiers.
"To Melbourne's credit they started to roll through us," said Henry.
"We just found the weight of possession and a bit of class by a couple of players in the end was the difference in the game."
Those couple of players included halfback Cooper Cronk who led the second half fightback and gave the Storm the lead with eight minutes to go when he slotted home a field goal.
Mercurial fullback Billy Slater also fired in the second half alongside Israel Folau who scored the final try of the night to put the game out of Canberra's reach with two minutes to go.
Late inclusion Michael Dobson admitted Slater's class had hurt the green machine.
"He is a menace," Dobson said. "You just can't keep it (the ball) away from him.
"You try and get it away from him and he just seems to be there all the time.
"He got away from me pretty quick. In the end we didn't shut him down enough and he made us pay a couple of times."