Storm brace for Saturday Knight fever
When the Knights ride into Melbourne town they always come to play.
There is no need to remind Craig Bellamy of that, who is well aware his side has lost three of its last four games against Newcastle.
The most recent came at AAMI Park late last season when the Knights upset Storm 20-6.
Both teams again appear at opposite ends of the form spectrum with Melbourne making a solid start to the season with a 3-1 record.
That means little for Bellamy though who's memories of that last meeting remain fresh in his mind.
“They out-worked us and out-toughed us that night so I’m sure they will be looking to do the same sort of thing again,” he said.
“They beat us last year by coming down here and being consistent with not doing too much with the footy but working hard to play the ball quickly.
“This year I think they’ve got some good structures and they are putting a lot of passes on so I’m not sure which way they are going to go. You can only go on what they’ve done this year and their attack has been really good.”
For now though the focus remains on bouncing back from Monday night’s loss to the Sharks.
As good as Storm’s defence was in the face of constant pressure, the team is looking to steady the attacking ship ahead of Saturday.
Get that aspect right, respect the opposition and Melbourne will be able to click into gear once again.
“After what happened on Monday night it is probably a little bit more about us this week and a couple of things we need to fix up pretty quickly,” Bellamy said.
“They’ve got two experienced halves there who are guiding the team around pretty well so we need to be on our game.
“They’ve played four games now so I’ve got a bit of a look at them, the new guys I didn’t know too much about.”