Confident Warriors ready for Storm challenge
The Warriors are brimming with confidence after their last-gasp victory over the Tigers but know an even greater challenge lies ahead of them in minor premiers, Melbourne Storm.
With a rivalry between the two clubs running deep and the Warriors confident of causing a boilover at AAMI Park, centre Lewis Brown knows his side must prepare properly for the Storm.
"It's important to get our recovery right - we know how hard the Storm are to beat down in Melbourne, though we've done it before,” Brown told NRL.com.
"For myself, it's probably the biggest game in my career, so it's a matter of staying calm and preparing well. If we can get our little things right and play some good footy, I think we're a real chance."
Brown’s left-side partner Manu Vatuvei was also confident of the Warriors making it into their second NRL grand final, but also warned things would be difficult, especially if the Warriors don’t aim up defensively.
"It's always a good game when we play Melbourne. They're a tough team and consistent all the time,” Vatuvei said.
“It's going to be tough for us to win a game there. All we can do is focus on our game.
"Hopefully things go a bit better for us in the first half, against the Tigers we gave away three easy tries and that's not like our team.
"Our team is pretty strong on the line. We fell asleep in the first half but woke up in the second, went out there and did our best."
While the backs are not overly concerned about facing the Storm and are full of confidence, so is interchange forward Ben Matulino, but the big man was keen to play up the Warriors as the underdogs coming into the match.
Not that he is the only man to crave the underdog tag, Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy earlier inferring based on the comments of the media that his side might just be underdogs.
“According to you guys (the media) they should be the favourites, they’ve got the wood on us, so we’re looking at ourselves as underdogs,” Bellamy said.
Matulino, who made an impressive 130 metres in only 39 minutes on the field against the Tigers refuted those claims.
“They’re a tough side and they’re hard to beat at home but we’ve done it before,” Matulino said.
“It’s exciting times for our club. We’ve worked really hard over the last couple of years and it’s starting to show now.”
Just how much that hard work has paid off will be put to the test at AAMI Park this Saturday, a venue where the Warriors are yet to lose but the Storm have an amazing 81 per cent winning rate, better than the 76 per cent success rate they had at Olympic Park.