Storm coach Craig Bellamy following his 350th NRL game as head coach.

Storm prepare for strong Roosters outfit

Storm coach Craig Bellamy believes his side needs to improve on last Sunday's performance against the Knights if they want to beat the Roosters this weekend.

The Storm escaped Hunter Stadium with a hard earned 20-16 win over Newcastle, and Bellamy knows his side need to do more than just one thing to stop the Roosters on Saturday night.

 


"There's a lot of keys [to stopping the Roosters]. When you have a look at their team you wonder why they are where they are," Bellamy said. 

"They've got a current State of Origin player on their bench, and Sam Moa, a current Kiwi player who's on the bench as well, so they're a strong team and they played pretty strongly for a fair part of the game on Monday night."

Winger Marika Koroibete is in doubt for Saturday night's clash, as the Fijian picked up an ankle injury late in the Storm win at Newcastle. 

"[Marika's ankle] has been up and down a little bit, we didn't think it was too bad the day after the game, but it was probably worse the second day after," Bellamy said.

"He won't be training today, so we'll have a look at him on Friday and see how we go from there."

The Storm were handed a boost last weekend when Cameron Munster and Will Chambers returned from stints on the sidelines, and they will also be hoping to get the likes of Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Tim Glasby and Jordan McLean back before the finals begin.

While getting players back means a selection headache for Bellamy and the coaching staff, it's something he'd love to have given the limited number of players the team had in the opening rounds of the season.

"You'd always liked to be settled going into finals, but sometimes you're not, and you're getting people back but losing other guys," Bellamy said. 

"We've had some things happen to us this year injury wise that we didn't want to happen, but having said that, that's probably given us a bit of a bigger pool of players that have first grade experience this year, and hopefully towards the end of the year I'll have some really tough decisions to make regarding who I pick and who I leave out. 

"Some of the tough decisions early were along the lines of 'who could we put in there?', so there's been some advantages to that with other guys coming in and doing a really good job, for example Suli (Suliasi Vunivalu)… so hopefully we get most of them back and I'll have a few headaches for who to select."