Bellamy signals Storm are ready to prove doubters wrong in Souths clash
“We’ve all had our say this week and practiced what is most important,” Bellamy said on Thursday.
“Hopefully we will get a response on Friday night.”
A loss to the Rabbitohs would only make those calls louder and Souths coach Wayne Bennett added his voice to concerns about the Storm, describing his old rivals as a team in transition as young talents such as Ryan Papenhuyzen and Cameron Munster step up to replace superstars Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk.
“Of course they are. They have lost players and are evolving,” Bennett said.
“That’s how a club goes with a long-term coach. You don’t notice it as much because you have a lot of stability in the club.”
“Obviously Josh is a fine player and he had a hell of a game last week,” Bellamy said.
“I’m not in agreement with that – I thought Cameron played really well the first two rounds and I think it’s a bit early to be making that statement.
“It’s up to us as a group to play well and do for Cameron the things that he needs doing as the Raiders forwards did by laying a platform for Josh last week.”
The Storm have never lost to Souths when playing in Melbourne in 15 attempts.
Whether the team is in transition or not, this game is a chance for the Storm to prove they are a serious premiership contender, while they will also be in the spotlight in Melbourne with Channel Nine moving the game from Gem to their main channel.
The Storm play South Sydney Rabbitohs at AAMI Park on Friday at 7.55pm.
Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.