Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy joked he might break his booze ban after the NRL clash with Brisbane but he’s hoping it’s to celebrate.
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has joked he’s considering breaking his self-imposed booze ban after Friday night’s NRL crunch clash with Brisbane.
If he does, he’s hoping it’s to celebrate rather than to drown his sorrows.
If the sixth-placed Storm beat the Broncos in their last round match at AAMI Park, their place in the NRL finals is assured and they could finish as high as fourth depending on other results.
If they lose and results don’t fall their way, they could rank ninth and miss out altogether.
“It might be time to break the drinking ban,” Bellamy joked when asked how he would spend the weekend.
“I don’t know: I guess I’ll worry about that when it happens.”
The coach was thankful that making the play-offs was still in their control.
There are six teams in the running for the final four positions, including the eighth-placed Broncos.
“If we get the result that we want, we will live to fight another week – so hopefully that’s the case,” he said.
“It’s strange for everybody and I’ve never seen a competition like this.
“At least we’ve got destiny in our own hands, which is better than having to rely on other results.”
Melbourne matched the Sydney Roosters last round for all but the final quarter when the defending champions ran in three late tries.
While acknowledging they couldn’t afford anything less than an 80-minute performance, Bellamy was mostly happy with the showing.
“We performed well against a team I think is the benchmark of the competition.
“When we got behind, we lost our way a little bit but we did control the game for long periods of time; we just need to do it for longer.”
The AAMI Park match could be the last for long-time campaigner Ryan Hoffman as well as try-scoring winger Sisa Waqa, bound for the Warriors and Canberra respectively.
Bellamy said he would take some time before the game to contemplate the loss of the popular pair but it wouldn’t be a team focus.
“We need to build our performance on our actions not on emotions,” he said.
“We’re up against a really good side who’ve had a couple of really good weeks so it will be a tough game
“It’s business as usual.”