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With the NRL table as tight as it has been in years, Craig Bellamy is hopeful his side can harness patches of good football on a consistent basis on the run home.

Facing the third placed Bulldogs on Saturday night at AAMI Park, the Storm coach says improvement must be made from their last outing, a week before the bye.

"It (our form) has been very patchy and very inconsistent, I've been waiting for some consistency to happen but it hasn't reared its head yet," Bellamy said.

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"They (the Bulldogs) are a big side, they take a lot of handling. We'll have to be a lot better than we were in the second half against St. George in our last game. 

"We're hoping to really improve on that and get back to some of the form we've displayed this year."

When quizzed on this year's incredibly even competition, Bellamy couldn't put his finger on why the congestion mid table was more amplified in 2014 compared with other years.

"It is a strange season," Bellamy said.

"I'm not quite sure why that is, obviously it is a very even competition but I've probably felt that for the past four or five years.

"It's really strange because I feel we haven't performed anywhere near the way we would have liked. 

"We've had some good patches but we have been up and down, when you look at the table on points we're equal with fourth."

Bellamy also did not rule out Cooper Cronk's chances of playing on Saturday however was aware of the difficulty facing the halfback who would be required to back up just four days after Origin.

"We don't want to put any pressure on him or anything," Bellamy said.

"We'll let him play tonight and see how he pulls up. 

"He hasn't played for six weeks, backing up after an Origin game in four days after you haven't played in six weeks is a pretty tough ask."

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