Melbourne Storm: The run home...

Three minor premierships, three Grand Finals, one Premiership. Last year Steve Turner said “one premiership in three years would be (a failure)”. While the Storm probably won’t win this year’s minor premiership - they are still serious contenders for the '09 flag based on the depth of their squad.<br><br>Billy Slater, Steve Turner, Greg Inglis, Anthony Quinn, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith, Adam Blair, Brett White, Ryan Hoffman, Dallas Johnson, Jeff Lima, Sika Manu and Wairangi Koopu have all played for their state or country at some point in their career. That’s enough players to make a starting team of internationals.<br><br>All the Storm should have to do is keep them on the paddock and they are a chance of beating any team on any given day. Regardless of how they have been playing of late, Craig Bellamy will have his squad primed for an assault on the finals. They also have a couple of youngsters by the names of Will Chambers and Joseph Tomane who are following in the footsteps of Inglis and Folau. <br><br>Watch out NRL, this team is dangerous and knows what's required to lift that coveted trophy.<br><br><b>The Run home: </b>Sharks (H), Dragons (A), Cowboys (H), Knights (A), Sea Eagles (H), Roosters (H), Warriors (A)<br><br>Four top eight teams in the run home isn’t easy, but it will allow the Storm to prepare for September action. By the time they get there, they will know what to expect.<br><br>The key match for them will be the away blockbuster with the Dragons at WIN Jubilee Oval. The Dragons love playing there and under Wayne Bennett they are a new side. The tactical and physical battle between these two heavyweights may give a strong hint as to who will win the '09 Grand Final.<br><br><b>Players to Watch:<br>Greg Inglis</b> – Is probably still giving Dave ‘Wolfman’ Williams nightmares, after fending him off more times than any NSW fan will care to remember in this year's Origin series. (Though I’m sure some Queenslanders kept count). <br><br>Inglis, on his day, is the game’s most damaging ball-runner. He can create something out of nothing, and does it with startling regularity. In the top ten in the league for line breaks and all run metres, the man is one of the most gifted players of his generation. His involvement in this year's Origin series has given us but a taste of what he might produce when September swings around.<br><br><b>Sika Manu </b>– Rugby league fans are just beginning to find out how good this 22-year-old Kiwi is. He has been in damaging form for Melbourne this year and, along with Jeff Lima, strikes fear into opponents with his imposing 107kg frame as he charges into them in attack and hits hard in defence. Manu is a player of the future and his star will continue to shine throughout the Glory Bound Rounds.<br><b><br>Predicted finish:</b> 4th<br>