Loss of momentum a concern for Storm coach Bellamy
TO rest or not to rest, the finals conundrum not even Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy will have the answer to before next Friday night's preliminary final at AAMI Park.
Storm will play the winner of Friday night's semi-final at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium between the Broncos and Penrith.
Bellamy has ramped up preparations for the crunch final, overseeing a "solid session" with contact and some match simulation.
"Sometimes if you have a week off it does pull your momentum up, sometimes the teams that play each week and come down from the fifth to eighth (on the ladder) they get some real momentum," Bellamy said.
"The team that wins the grand final is the best team in September and hopefully having that week off is going to help us freshen up a little bit so we can go in stronger next Friday night, but we've got to get our training right.
"You'd like to be able to not do any contact but you just can't go for two weeks not doing any contact and being a little bit game simulated."
As difficult as it is to harness momentum, it's also not Bellamy's first rodeo.
The premiership coach has led Storm to nine preliminary finals in 12 years and five since the 2010 salary cap scandal.
Storm is luxuriously-placed riding an eight-game win streak and clean bill of health.
Billy Slater copped a knock to the knee last week but the superstar fullback rebounded well.
Bellamy was quick to silence the pundits that claimed the minor premiers had the flag in the bag.
"It's quite funny, this time last week everybody said we couldn't be beaten and it's ours to lose and all of a sudden come forward five days and everyone knows how to beat us," Bellamy said.
"When Round 26 finishes everyone is a chance ... anyone can beat anyone this time of year, you just need to have that day on or day off."
Storm escaped with a two-point win over Parramatta last week after going into the game overwhelming favourites.
The Eels scored twice with Cameron Munster sin binned, while Storm was unable to complete critical sets during a 20-minute rough patch in the first half.
"A lot of people think we can't win when we're behind at halftime but we ended up winning so at the end of the day there was a lot of positives to come out for us."