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Forget the last 26 weeks, a completely new competition is about to begin.

Storm secured their second consecutive Minor Premiership last week, earning the right to host Parramatta a Qualifying Final at AAMI Park.

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However for the men in purple, that is were the advantage stops. This next month is a clean slate and nothing can be assumed.

“People saying ‘it is our title to lose’ they obviously have no played the game,” Bellamy said.

“They don’t know how hard it is to go through a 26 weeks and make a top eight, make a top four, then get into a preliminary final, then a Grand Final.

“If they are making that comment, they just don’t know how hard it is. Anything can happen, you go out here tomorrow night and there will be some circumstances that we haven’t planned for… that is the nature of sport, the nature of our game.”

Storm are currently on a even game winning streak – their best ever form line heading into a finals series.

The coach hopes that the way the squad has been managed in the back end of the season will soon be able to prove an advantage.

“I can’t remember us going into the finals series before on the form we’ve had to be quite honest,” Bellamy said.

“Especially after Origin there is usually a period where we are recovering but this year has been quite smooth, I think that is because we’ve given the Origin guys more rest than we’ve had in the past.

“Hopefully we will see the results of that in the next few weeks.”

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