‘We take nothing for granted’
The core of this Melbourne side has been around long enough to know that nothing is guaranteed at this time of the year.
The four teams remaining in the competition will be leaving all cards on the table this weekend as they look to book a place in the 2017 NRL Grand Final.
Brisbane will come to Melbourne ready to throw everything at a Storm side who will willing to return serve the other way.
History is on the side of Craig Bellamy’s men, who have beaten the Broncos in 12 of their last 14 meetings.
However as far as Storm are concerned, you can scrunch up that piece of history and throw it in the bin – such is its relevance.
“The expectation that that is just going to happen is a bit far fetched,” Dale Finucane said.
“The caliber of teams still in this competition is really high. Every team that is still in the competition is in with a shot of making a Grand Final.”
Several Melbourne boys may be experiencing their first finals series however the leaders in the side have been here many times before.
Dale Finucane has played finals in every one of his six seasons in the NRL and this week will be his fourth consecutive Preliminary Final.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who have a lot of experience, especially at this time of the year,” Finucane said.
“There have been a fair few guys who have played at this period of the year so a lot of our younger guys will be going to them for some advice on what to do this week.
Much of that advice will likely be around the fact that the Broncos will not be just rolling over on Friday night.