Bellamy: It's a big occasion
Melbourne Storm Coach Craig Bellamy is confident his side is looking forward to Friday's traditional ANZAC Day clash, set to be played in front of packed house at AAMI Park.
With the Warriors travelling to Melbourne for the sixth time on ANZAC Day, the match-up looms as an important one for both sides who are coming off defeats in Round 7.
"It's a big occasion, I think it is going to be a full house here, this game always provides some entertainment for the crowd, so hopefully both sides can do it again tomorrow night," Bellamy said on Thursday morning.
"Both teams are very honoured to be playing on ANZAC Day.
"This game has got a bit of tradition now as well with Storm and the Warriors on ANZAC Day.
"It's a great atmosphere and is a really big game, one I'm sure both sides are looking forward to each year."
After a knee injury sustained in Melbourne's loss to the Raiders in Round 7, Storm will be without 28-year old Ben Roberts on the weekend. Bellamy is hopeful the number six's injury will not keep Roberts out for an extended period.
"It will depend how quickly he heals and how hard he works at it too," Bellamy said.
"It's not a long term injury but not a short one either, it's in between."
Roberts' replacement at five-eighth, Ben Hampton has been selected in the number six jersey for Friday night's match-up. Bellamy acknowledged he had seen plenty of positives from the young playmaker throughout the opening rounds.
"Benny had some really good moments in that first five games," Bellamy said.
"But he had a few poor moments as well, we just want to get them closer together.
"He just needs to be a little bit more consistent and that's what we expect from all of our players."