Storm wary of cornered Tigers
Storm will tread a cautious path when they venture into Tiger territory this weekend.
The men in purple will arrive at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday to face a Wests Tigers side desperate to get their season back on track.
Consecutive wins to start the season have been followed by a four-game losing streak, making this Round 7 clash a real line in the sand game for the joint-venture club.
A losing run brings with it a harsh spot light but it can also galvanise a playing group. That is precisely what happened the last time Storm ventured to Leichhardt.
It was in Round 21 of last year that Wests Tigers snapped what was then a five-game losing streak at Melbourne’s expense.
The focus for Craig Bellamy’s men this week will be to ensure history does not repeat itself.
“They’ve been unfortunate to lose the games they’ve been losing but that doesn’t take away from the fact that they are a quality team and they’ve got a lot of dangerous players,” Harris said.
“If you don’t turn up with the right attitude they can make you pay.”
Storm will also be looking to shake off the disappointment of Monday night’s loss to the Bulldogs.
In order to avoid back-to-back defeats, Melbourne is well aware of the numerous attacking threats it needs to quell.
“(Wests Tigers) always seem to grow an extra leg when they play at Leichhardt,” Tohu Harris said.
“They are a tough team to play, they’ve got a lot of dangerous players attacking wise. Moses and Brooks, their two halves, and Tedesco at the back is one you always have to be watching, he is a really dangerous player.
“We are expecting them to come out really hard.”