Canberra best team in competition: Bellamy
Craig Bellamy has labelled the Raiders the most dangerous team in the competition ahead of the Storm's trip to Canberra on Monday night.
Both sides are currently enjoying a six game winning streak, but Bellamy believes the way Canberra have played in the past month has made them the toughest opponent in the league.
"I think there's a lot of dangerous teams in the competition, but on form I think they are [the most dangerous], without a doubt," Bellamy said.
"All teams go through ups and downs throughout the year, it’s a tough competition for 26 weeks playing at this level so we all have our ups and downs but they're having their up at the moment and I think right at this moment they probably are the hardest team to play."
The Storm head to GIO Stadium on the back of a great escape, as Cameron Smith got his side out of jail last week with a penalty goal with the last kick of the 80 minutes, before kicking a field goal in golden point.
Despite the result Bellamy was visibly displeased with his side's effort post game, and knows if they bring the same performance this Monday night, they'll leave the nation's capital empty handed.
"I was just disappointed in the way we defended [last week], especially in the first half. I thought we were better in the second half but our first half was very scrappy, and if we defend like that again this week we'll get steamrolled," Bellamy said.
"Hopefully it was a bit of an off week for us, because our defence has been really good, there's been plenty of effort and sticking to what we want to do and what we want get out of our games."
Monday night's game will statistically show off the competition's best teams, as the Storm boast the best defence in the league, while the Green Machine are responsible for the best attack.
Regardless of their usual defensive prowess, Bellamy is aware Canberra have match winning players all across the park, and knows that shutting them down will be the key to a Storm victory.
"You need to defend really well against these guys, they've got a lot of good structures, but also just a lot of dangerous players with the footy," Bellamy said.
"They've got big strong guys who can run the footy, some skilful guys as well and some that can do both, so you need to defend well if you're going to have some success against them."