With week off, ex­pe­ri­ence will come into play

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WHAT is the best way to ap­proach a week off dur­ing the fi­nals?

It is the ques­tion ev­ery sport­ing club in the world wishes they had an an­swer to.

As he pre­pares his side for their ninth pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal in 12 years in the NRL premier­ship, Craig Bel­lamy has more ex­pe­ri­ence than most on how to han­dle this stage of the sea­son.

Storm have built their prepa­ra­tions for Fri­day’s con­test against the Bris­bane Bron­cos around what they have learned over the years.

“We’ve put a lot of thought into our pro­gram; this week is go­ing to be a nor­mal week for us,” Bel­lamy said.

“We have asked our se­nior play­ers for their opin­ion as well so you’ve got to go on a lit­tle bit of the feel­ing of the group.

“We’ve been here a few times be­fore so you’d like to think we’ve got a pretty good feel for it so hope­fully we will get it right next week.”

The dan­ger with a week off is that there is a chance a team’s mo­men­tum could grind to a halt.

There is a chance that could ring true for a Storm side cur­rently on an eight-game win­ning streak but the men in pur­ple are do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to make sure that will not be the case.

“It can go ei­ther way with­out a doubt, that has been proven over the years,” Bel­lamy said.

“Some­times if you do have the week off it can pull your mo­men­tum up and the teams that play each week do get some of the mo­men­tum.

“Hope­fully, hav­ing that week off is go­ing to help us freshen up a lit­tle bit and help us go a bit stronger on Fri­day night.”

Storm coach Craig Bel­lamy

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