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Chambers not buying into prelim hype

Storm veteran Will Chambers isn't treating his side's preliminary final against the Broncos on Friday night any differently than the rest of the season.

The experienced centre says he doesn't buy into the hype of it as a sudden death game.

"It's not really a cutthroat game," he said. 

"You would have said last week was a cutthroat game because if you lost, you're out. It's a prelim final. It doesn't make anything different. It's going to be tougher, faster and an 80-minute game, so we've just got to make sure we turn up with the right attitude."


As tempting as it might be, Chambers didn't allow himself to look ahead to a possible grand final and said the inexperienced members of the squad would have learned from the Parramatta qualifying final win.

"Last year, we went well as well," he said. 

"We were going well leading into the finals and fell at the last hurdle. As tough as it is to look back at, it's part of life and footy. I think our young kids would have learned from it. You don't want to think too far ahead; if we don't turn up Friday night, we won't be there come grand final day."

Chambers is also wary of the Broncos' attack, with the likes of Corey Oates, James Roberts and Anthony Milford producing excellent seasons.

"They are a fast outfit that can score points from anywhere," he said. 

"They've got a lot of individuals in there who are pretty special, the likes of Anthony Milford, Ben Hunt's playing some good footy, then Adam Blair and Sammy Thaiday in the middle. The list goes on. They've got a class team. If we don't turn up and play well for 80 minutes, they're a team who can put a lot of points on you very fast.

"People start calling them underdogs – well that's crazy. They've played finals footy the last couple of years as well. They might not be at home, but it will be an even par."


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