Fitting end to the season: Bellamy
Deciding the minor premiership in front of a massive crowd at AAMI Park is the ideal way to end the home and away season.
That is the opinion of Storm coach Craig Bellamy ahead of Saturday night’s blockbuster.
Melbourne take on Cronulla in a winner take all match up to decide the 2016 Minor Premiership after 26 weeks of grueling rugby league action.
“They had a big lead there at one stage, then they lost a few games and we had a good lead there with a couple of games to go,” Bellamy said.
“They’ve been in front for most of the season and when they lost a couple of games we basically took over. I think it is very fitting that it has come down to the last game.”
Much has been spoken about the aggressive nature that is likely to shape the contest.
That was the case the last time these two teams met back in Round 4 at Shark Park when Cronulla won 14-6.
This time around the Storm coach expects his players to be better prepared.
“That is the way they play their footy and they are a very talented side as well,” Bellamy said,
“They’ve got a lot of outside backs that are very strong and very quick and their forwards are very hard workers. They’ve certainly got a bit of niggle in their game and they probably took us a little bit by surprise last time.
“We just want to make sure we go out there and focus on what we need to do. We’ve obviously got a plan and the plan hasn’t changed a whole heap in the last couple of weeks to be quite honest.
“There are a couple of areas we need to be better at than what we have been and we don’t want out focus taken off that.”
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