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Monday, 22 July 2019

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Despite sitting pretty at the top of the NRL ladder with only two losses throughout the entire season, the Melbourne Storm aren't the premiership favourites according to legendary coach Phil Gould, because the 2018 grand finalists don't have "another gear".

The Storm maintained their three-game buffer at the top of the table with a comeback 38-18 win at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday as Cameron Smith iced the contest with his first try since Round 12 last year.

Craig Bellamy's men have seamlessly worked through the season and have maintained a level of intensity and consistency that has been unparalleled by competition rivals for consecutive seasons.

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The Storm have remained unbeaten throughout the entire Origin period even with Bellamy resting his biggest names. For the Titans clash, Origin stars Dale Finucane, Will Chambers, Josh Addo-Carr and Cameron Munster were all rested, with Bellamy opting to place his trust in less experienced campaigners, and again they got the job done albeit against the last placed side in the NRL.

It seems like ages ago the Storm coach publicly shamed his side following their 20-18 loss to the Sharks in early May, warning them if they didn't start meeting expectations that he'd be "finding some new players".

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Bellamy has found some new players and those players have an uncanny knack of performing like his first-stringers, leading the perennial ladder-leaders to the top of most major statistical categories in the NRL.

The Storm have scored the most points in the NRL with 453, just ahead of the Roosters who have amassed 419.

Melbourne lead the league with 74 tries, three in front of the Roosters with 71.

Gould's impassioned defence of Coyne

They lead the league for overall possession with 49 per cent. Bellamy's men are also the best when it comes to set completion, completing 80 per cent of their sets. They're first in the NRL in linebreaks with 78 for the season, in addition to topping the count for running metres and kick return metres, even without legendary fullback Billy Slater in the side.

In spite of the Storm's statistical prowess, Gould is unmoved in his stance about Melbourne's ability to finish the job.

The former Penrith general manager of football lauded their season so far and held up their consistency as a model the rest of the competition should aspire to. Yet Gould contends premiership success will elude Melbourne.

"I don't see them as premiers but you can't deny what they've done so far," Gould said on 100% Footy.

"I don't think they've got another gear and that's why I don't see them as premiers. I don't think they've got another level to go to.

"They'll be the minor premiers, so they'll get one in Melbourne then the preliminary final and they got another two home games to end the year. So you would have to say they're near certainty for a grand final I just think whoever they play might beat them."

And by all accounts the team Gould fancies the most to win the whole thing are the Roosters. When it comes to the stats, especially team data, the Roosters aren't the darlings of the competition. They lead all other teams in try-assists but that's about it. Most other telling stats put them second to the Storm.

On the other hand, Roosters' players sit on top of several individual statistical lists. Latrell Mitchell leads the competition with total points with 177, while James Tedesco is the most dangerous player in the NRL leading all numbers for tackle breaks and line breaks.

Sharks captain Paul Gallen agreed with Gould's assessment, telling the panel the Storm are lacking the extra punch in attack that saw them scare so many teams in previous years. Although, he believes the consistency they've shown means they can hoist the trophy on grand final day.

"Their consistency and how well they play every week is possibly good enough to win it," Gallen said.

"You've got to be at your best to beat them. They haven't got a Slater in their team or like a Tedesco that score a try from nothing."

Despite sitting pretty at the top of the NRL ladder with only two losses throughout the entire season, the Melbourne Storm aren't the premiership favourites according to legendary coach Phil Gould, because the 2018 grand finalists don't have "another gear".

The Storm maintained their three-game buffer at the top of the table with a comeback 38-18 win at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday as Cameron Smith iced the contest with his first try since Round 12 last year.

Craig Bellamy's men have seamlessly worked through the season and have maintained a level of intensity and consistency that has been unparalleled by competition rivals for consecutive seasons.

Gallen reveals issue amid Sharks' playing group

The Storm have remained unbeaten throughout the entire Origin period even with Bellamy resting his biggest names. For the Titans clash, Origin stars Dale Finucane, Will Chambers, Josh Addo-Carr and Cameron Munster were all rested, with Bellamy opting to place his trust in less experienced campaigners, and again they got the job done albeit against the last placed side in the NRL.

It seems like ages ago the Storm coach publicly shamed his side following their 20-18 loss to the Sharks in early May, warning them if they didn't start meeting expectations that he'd be "finding some new players".

NRL Round 19 is Beanie for Brain Cancer Round. Buy a beanie or donate at markhughesfoundation.com.au

Bellamy has found some new players and those players have an uncanny knack of performing like his first-stringers, leading the perennial ladder-leaders to the top of most major statistical categories in the NRL.

The Storm have scored the most points in the NRL with 453, just ahead of the Roosters who have amassed 419.

Melbourne lead the league with 74 tries, three in front of the Roosters with 71.

Gould's impassioned defence of Coyne

They lead the league for overall possession with 49 per cent. Bellamy's men are also the best when it comes to set completion, completing 80 per cent of their sets. They're first in the NRL in linebreaks with 78 for the season, in addition to topping the count for running metres and kick return metres, even without legendary fullback Billy Slater in the side.

In spite of the Storm's statistical prowess, Gould is unmoved in his stance about Melbourne's ability to finish the job.

The former Penrith general manager of football lauded their season so far and held up their consistency as a model the rest of the competition should aspire to. Yet Gould contends premiership success will elude Melbourne.

"I don't see them as premiers but you can't deny what they've done so far," Gould said on 100% Footy.

"I don't think they've got another gear and that's why I don't see them as premiers. I don't think they've got another level to go to.

"They'll be the minor premiers, so they'll get one in Melbourne then the preliminary final and they got another two home games to end the year. So you would have to say they're near certainty for a grand final I just think whoever they play might beat them."

And by all accounts the team Gould fancies the most to win the whole thing are the Roosters. When it comes to the stats, especially team data, the Roosters aren't the darlings of the competition. They lead all other teams in try-assists but that's about it. Most other telling stats put them second to the Storm.

On the other hand, Roosters' players sit on top of several individual statistical lists. Latrell Mitchell leads the competition with total points with 177, while James Tedesco is the most dangerous player in the NRL leading all numbers for tackle breaks and line breaks.

Sharks captain Paul Gallen agreed with Gould's assessment, telling the panel the Storm are lacking the extra punch in attack that saw them scare so many teams in previous years. Although, he believes the consistency they've shown means they can hoist the trophy on grand final day.

"Their consistency and how well they play every week is possibly good enough to win it," Gallen said.

"You've got to be at your best to beat them. They haven't got a Slater in their team or like a Tedesco that score a try from nothing."

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