If their best 1, 6 and 7 all run out and stay fit they can beat anyone, but the Storm have got a far superior forward pack. Even without Slater I could not be on them.
The Storm should be unbeaten this year.
You may recall they had two tries disallowed against Manly and then after leading by seven points with seven minutes to go against the Cowboys, controversial ref Henry Perenara gave two penalties which gave the Cowboys field position and then champion Thurston did the rest. The two Manly tries have since been proven to should have been given and we still do not know what the penalties against the Cowboys were for at such a crucial stage. (Perenara also reffed the Wests Tigers game last weekend).
The Storm is 5 and 2 and has not lost by more than 2 points.
I have stated in these columns many times that Craig Bellamy is the best coach I have studied and his effort to get his team up every week this season is more testimony when consistency is rare.
The Storm’s average age is 24 so they are certainly not an “old team” and when you look at who has replaced who from last year’s starting 13; it was not difficult to assume an improvement.
Blake Green for Ben Roberts, Dale Finucane for Ryan Hinchcliffe, Jordan McLean for Brian Norrie and Tohu Harris for Ryan Hoffman and Mahe Fonua for Sisa Waqa. Each one of those changes has given the Storm a stronger team. Even Harris with a rating of 133 has outperformed Hoffman on 124 this season, based on my figures.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Suliasi Vunivalu and two very exciting players yet to be introduced at NRL level.
Could you imagine if they had the same "back flip" strategy for marriages?