Bellamy blasts “backstage singer” Des Hasler as rivalry rekindles

“I don’t know if Des is back stage singing and Max has been on stage. I didn’t read the article but I found it a little bit surprising.

“I don’t like to be disrespectful of ex-players but Max played the same position as Cameron and maybe there is a little bit of personal jealousy there.

“Cameron has a good relationship with referees and they will have a chat about things every now and then, but most captains do that nowadays.

“As long as the referees are happy with what we are doing that’s all that matters.”

The Storm rested four of their State-of-Origin players last week while forward Christian Welch was suspended for a week, but all five will return for this game.

Bellamy said he was always concerned about players coming back from rests and his stars would have to be up for the challenge as Manly was a dangerous side.

“I think they all enjoyed their break but whether they respond to the break is another,” Bellamy said.

“We gave them a break from training and a game this year. We will see how that works out on game day.”

More than a decade on, Manly’s Des Hasler (left) and Craig Bellamy are squaring off again as opposing coaches.Credit:Anthony Johnson

While Bellamy has put the Storm on warning about curtailing the powerful runs of the Manly forward pack, he also knows outside back Tom Trbojevich is just as dangerous off the back of their work.

“They are powerful runners and they try the quick play the ball and then flood around it and go from there,” Bellamy said.

“Turbo Tom through there is very hard to stop.”

The Storm have 50 past players coming back this weekend with a combined 30 players from the 1999 and 2009 sides to take centre stage.

Bellamy said it was too soon to start getting excited about a 2019 premiership, but with the club on top of the ladder by three games things look promising.

Tawera Nikau spoke passionately about his teammates and the impact the club’s early years had on the city, while Matt Geyer recalled 20 years had gone in the blink of an eye and he hoped the current Storm side would take their chance this year.

“I didn’t know what I had [in the NRL] until it’s gone and I don’t think any of us do in life,” Geyer said.

“Now I reflect back and think about how wonderful it was.”

The Storm host Manly at AAMI Park on Saturday at 7.35pm.

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