Finals are a mental challenge

07 September 2017 20:59:36 GMTPlus10
Cooper Cronk

Tohu Harris says Melbourne Storm's finals experience stands them in good stead ahead of their qualifying final against the Eels.

The Storm won the minor premiership by six points, so will go into the finals in confident mood.

They came unstuck in last year's decider, when they went down 14-12 to Cronulla, and are keen to make amends.

Harris, who is one of 12 remaining players from last year's qualifying final against the Cowboys, has declared he wants to taste success again.

"I've been part of a team that has lost finals games - you don't really like that feeling - it helps you prepare better for the next one," he said. "And also what it feels like to win finals games; it's a good feeling and you want more of that.

"I think the guys who haven't experienced any of that, we can look to help them out and prepare them as much as we can for those sorts of highs and lows."

Cooper Cronk has said finals are a more challenging game, and Harris backs up that view, arguing that the game is more intense for longer periods of time.

"That's part of the mental challenge - you have to be in the game in the moments for longer periods of time," added the 25-year-old.

"If we're preparing ourselves for that to be physically and mentally prepared for 80 minutes, then that can only help."

Parramatta have beaten Craig Bellamy's side on their past two visits to AAMI Park, when Harris admitted the Storm hadn't been good enough.

The Storm are 1.18 to beat the Eels, who are 5.20. Parramatta are 1.93 with a 12.5-points start.

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