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Craig Bellamy and Ricky Stuart will catch up for coffee today, then go their separate ways to plot each other’s demise.

The coaches spent five years together as teammates whilst playing for the Canberra Raiders between 1988-1992.

Winning a premiership together during that time ensured they would have a lifetime bond that still remains.

That will be put on hold though for 80 minutes tomorrow night.

“I’ll catch up with (Ricky) today for a cup of coffee but then it will be the battle of a thousand paces,” Bellamy said.

“I played all my career at the Raiders, there is a little soft spot there so you always like to catch up but we’ll catch up for half an hour and then it will be business as usual.”

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Storm are preparing to take on a Raiders side out of finals contention but with plenty of attacking weapons capable of asking a lot of questions.

Canberra rank third in the competition for points scored, leaving the purple wall cautious of the task at hand.

“They’ve got some really dangerous individuals, guys that can carry the ball really well and strongly,” Bellamy said.

“They are a strong, mobile side and third for points scored – that is a pretty dangerous footy team.

“I know their coach pretty well so every game will be important to them, the last game of their year will be important so they will be looking to come down here and play well.”

Storm and the Raiders will kick-off at 7.30pm on Saturday night at AAMI Park.

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