Storm rest before hard work begins
THEY’RE already rated as one of the greatest NRL teams ever and the hottest premiership hope in memory, but don’t think the Melbourne Storm are taking shortcuts on the road to glory.
Storm players have been given more time to freshen up compared to last season in preparation for their preliminary final against the Broncos.
While the Storm are no stranger to playing in the penultimate weekend – this is their third consecutive preliminary final and ninth in the past 12 years – they are still tinkering with their preparation.
Last year they had an opposed session to mimic a match during their week off. This year, coach Craig Bellamy has given his charges two days off before they return to training today.
“It’s a freshen-up week,” Storm lock Dale Finucane said.
“We will approach it as a normal seven-day turnaround preparation for us.
“(The coaching staff) have spread the workload. Last year we might’ve had a few days off in a row before doing a heavier session. It’s a bit similar but we’ve spread the workload over a few days.”
The Storm won the corresponding game last year, beating the Raiders by two before losing to Cronulla in the premiership decider.
Finucane, who has been part of three premiership losses, stressed his side needed to stay focused.
“I don’t like to think about it too much,” he said of finally lifting the premiership trophy.
“One poor performance is all it takes.”
FOCUSED: Dale Finucane.