Bellamy hoses down footballs as Storm prepare for wet Canberra visit


“We did a little of that early in the week [hosed down the footballs] and we might do a little today,” Bellamy said on Thursday morning.

“Sometimes with weather predictions things can get unpredictable so we don’t want to put all our eggs in the one basket in case it doesn’t rain.

“Hopefully we will handle whatever weather conditions come along.”

The Storm and Raiders were arguably the two most impressive sides in round one and the Storm have had the wood over the Raiders in recent times, winning six of their last seven meetings.

But Bellamy is good friends with Raiders coach and former teammate Ricky Stuart and he knows the Raiders have made a big step forward.

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“I talk to Rick quite regularly and one of the areas they wanted to be better at this season was defence and they are certainly that,” Bellamy said.

“The conditions were tough for both sides [on the Gold Coast] last week as it looked like it poured down the whole 80 minutes but to keep an NRL side to nil for 80 minutes is a pretty good trick these days.”

While the Storm scored 22 points in round one, they didn’t make enough of their dominance in possession in the first half and Bellamy has made it clear to his side he wants to see them take more chances on Friday night.

“We need to build on what we did last week, we did some really good things and hanging onto the ball was one of those after not doing so well in trials,” Bellamy said.

“We are not going away from a whole game plan just to run at Jordan or kick at Jordan,” Bellamy said.

“He’s a class player. An international player and he’s been one of the best wingers in the comp for a lot of years now so I’m sure he wouldn’t be playing if he wasn’t ready.”

The Storm play the Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Friday at 6pm.

Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.

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