40-nil: The pain which is driving the Storm
Departing Melbourne winger Steve Turner has revealed that the Storm are using the pain of last year’s record grand final defeat at the hands of Manly as extra motivation in their bid to secure the 2009 premiership. <br><br>“We know how much it hurt last year… we got beaten pretty convincingly in the grand final,” the Melbourne flyer revealed on BigPond Sports Weekend. <br><br>Recruited by the Bulldogs as a replacement for retired legend Hazem El Masri in 2010, Turner admitted that his side was hitting top gear at the right end of the season.<br><br>“We had a very patchy start to the season, very up and down during the season as well. <br><br>“To get back on track at the business end of the season is just great. I think the boys have grown in confidence over the last couple of weeks. <br><br>“Especially the two sides we played [in the finals series]… last year’s premiers and the Brisbane Broncos who beat the Dragons last week pretty convincingly.”<br><br>Turner predicted that Storm coach Craig Bellamy would devote extra time in preparing his side to combat the brilliance of the Eels superstars, specifically Jarryd Hayne, Foifoi Moimoi and rookie Daniel Mortimer. <br><br>“I have no doubt Jarryd Hayne, Daniel Mortimer and Fuifui Moimoi will get brought up quite often this week. <br><br>“They’re the players who have been playing really well for the Parramatta Eels in the last month... Fuifui and Jarryd Hayne leading the charge.” <br><br>“It’s going to be a full preparation and I have no doubt Craig’s going to leave no stone unturned. That’s something he is very fond of, making sure we are well prepared and I’m sure we will be this week.”<br><br>Renown in league circles for his thorough and scientific approach to coaching, Bellamy will be faced with arguably his toughest challenge when he prepares the Storm to combat the off-the-cuff style of Parramatta in this year’s grand final.