Storm perfect record faces premier test
The Storm will be out to defend a perfect home record against South Sydney on Saturday night.
Melbourne has won all 11 home games against the Rabbitohs since entering the competition in 1998.
As lop-sided as that stat is, coach Craig Bellamy finds little comfort in it ahead of the Round 10 clash.
"It is a good record but having said every game is different, the teams are always different. It's a nice record but it doesn’t mean anything tomorrow night," Bellamy said.
"Obviously just coming into Origin it is a really important game for us. It is a difficult period to work your way through Origin… I'm sure they are thinking the same thing.
"Getting your way through Origin is pretty difficult at times so getting the two points before you start the Origin period would be nice."
Three wins from the past four games has Melbourne in second spot on the Telstra Premiership ladder, one win clear of the sixth placed Rabbitohs.
South Sydney were dealt another injury blow following Monday night's win over the Dragons with half Adam Reynolds ruled out for two moths with a hand injury.
Facing a five-day turnaround ahead of their Victorian road trip, the cards appear against the reigning premiers. But that can be dangerous thinking in the eyes of the Storm.
"They are the premiers and they're not the premiers for no reason, they've got a lot of resilience and have got through this period really well," Bellamy said.
"They've still got a lot of big name players there and are a big side, the Burgess boys lead that and their other forwards are a good size.
"Also with a guy like Greg Inglis it is always tough playing against any side that has got him in it… We know it is going to be really tough here tomorrow night."
The two teams will renew hostilities at 7.30pm on Saturday night at AAMI Park.