Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says a strong defensive display will be the key for his side when they come up against the NRL’s form side on Monday night.
Long has Bellamy built his side’s on a stable wall of rock solid defence and that will be critical for the travelling Storm in Monday night’s 1st v 3rd showdown.
“Going to Canberra, especially the way they are playing at the moment it’s always going to be a tough game there,” Bellamy said on Friday afternoon.
“There are a lot of dangerous teams in the competition but on form I think they are (the most dangerous) without a doubt.
“They are having a real up at the moment, right at the moment I think they are the hardest team to play at the moment.”
Coming off a stirring victory over the ladder leading Sharks, Ricky Stuart’s side boasts the league’s best attack, defying pre-season predictions to leap into the top four with only a month left in the home and away season.
“You need to defend really well against these guys,” Bellamy said.
“They’ve got a lot of good structures but they’ve got a lot of dangerous players with the footy. Big strong guys that can run the footy, they’ve got some skillful guys and some that can do both.
“You need to defend really well if you are going to have success against them.”