Bellamy unimpressed with Storm form despite wins

“We’ve had four games since then where we have certainly plateaued and there has been some dips there as well.

“We want to get back to being really consistent like we were that first two or three rounds and everybody on the same page when we have the footy.

The Storm tackle the Warriors’ Peta Hiku in the Anzac Day win. Credit:AAP

“There isn’t a lack of effort that is coming through with our defence but we know we need to be better with the footy and connect better out there.”

Sharks stars Shaun Johnson (hamstring), Matt Moylan (hamstring), Aaron Woods (foot) and Wade Graham (knee) are all sidelined but in their place several young guys are rising to the challenge while the likes of Paul Gallen, Andrew Fifita and Chad Townsend continue to set the example.

“Their older players are playing well but gee they have some good kids there like Briton Nikora, Bronson Xerri and Si Katao,” Bellamy said.

“They have a good young crop coming through together and the future looks bright for them.

The Storm have maintained a relatively stable line-up except for dropping centre Curtis Scott last round in favour of Marion Seve.

Bellamy’s bench will be interesting against the Sharks as he is tempted to play four forwards against the strong home forward pack.

But the possibility of an injury in his backline will likely see speedy back Ryan Papenhuyzen remain on the bench this week. Versatile forward Joe Stimson could potentially fill that role too.


Stimson avoided missing a month after beating a grade two dangerous contact charge on Wednesday night at the Queensland Cup judiciary.

The young forward faced a three-game suspension plus an additional week due to his Queensland Cup team having a bye during that time as suspensions can’t be served at NRL level.

Former Storm forward Ryan Hoffman was Stimson’s advocate and Bellamy said there was some joy at keeping Stimson on the the field.

“Joey was very confident, not quite sure he was that confident in Hoff but Hoff was being carried around on people’s shoulders this morning,” Bellamy joked.

Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.

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