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Some people change opinions so quickly you might as well not bother listening.

That is the philosophy of Cameron Smith when asked to respond to suggestions his Storm side may be ‘overrated’.

This was the word used to describe Melbourne by one particular media commentator.

However such is the class and distinction of the Storm skipper, he simply shrugged the comment off as largely irrelevant.

“For us it is not about what people say about our football side, our capabilities or whether they rate us as a good side for a bad side,” Smith said.

“It is about what we believe and what we believe is going to work on Sunday against the Cowboys. That is really all that we’ve done all season.

“Earlier in the year people were saying that our side may be one of the greatest sides they’ve seen but when we won by a couple of points against Parramatta, all of a sudden they have worked out a way to beat us.

“Thoughts and opinions change that quickly it is not funny, we don’t even bother listening to too much to the noise outside our four walls.”

It is no secret there have been stages during their two finals that Storm have not played their best football.

Several handling errors against the Eels and during the first half against the Broncos could have proved costly.

However their rock solid defence, ranked No.1 in the NRL, dug them out of trouble.

Now the team is hell bent on being at their relentless best during every minute of Sunday’s NRL Grand Final.

“We’ve done what we’ve need to do to win to be honest,” Smith said.

“Parramatta came with quite a willing game plan against us and I think they threw everything they had at us… we were lucky to get away with the win.

“Against the Broncos our first half was not particularly good, especially in attack. We made some errors and turned over a lot of cheap football but in the second half we really knuckled down to what we needed to do.

“This week is about putting together a strong 80 minute performance, that is what is needed to get a good result this week.”

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