Roosters beckon as Storm depth strengthens
Their position may be in complete contrast to seasons past but do not think Craig Bellamy is expecting anything less from the Roosters on Saturday night.
Sitting 15th with a 3-9 record, Sydney have so far not been able to capture the form that has seen them win the past three minor premierships.
However their slow start to the season was largely due to injuries and have since seen the return of several key personnel in recent weeks.
They put in their first complete performance of the year on the weekend, defeating the Wests Tigers 32-18.
“Obviously their position on the table has been a little bit different to what they’ve been the last few years. They’ve been the benchmark about this time of the year every year,” Craig Bellamy said.
“Their form has probably been patchy, I think they would admit to that but I thought last week was probably the best I’ve seen them play this year.
“Judging by the body language of the coach, the captain and the players after the game I think they thought it was their best performance too.
Storm have named the same 17 that defeated the Panthers on Saturday night and will enjoy the return of several players from injury this weekend through the Queensland Cup.
The Club will have 13 players step out for its Feeder sides this weekend, with Young Tonumaipea and Richie Kennar among those to have regained their fitness.
The increased depth has generated some welcome headaches at the selection table for the Storm coaching staff.
“Different people have different ways they do things but If guys have been playing well I find it hard to keep them out of the side,” Bellamy said.
“Young and Ritchie were doing a tremendous job earlier in the year, especially Young who played every game up until he was injured.
“If guys are doing a job out there we like to leave them in the side. Those two guys I am sure at some stage in the not too distant future, they’ll be playing NRL again.”