Finals are even insists Storm skipper

05 September 2017 20:39:48 GMTPlus10

Melbourne Storm have wiped the slate clean after winning the minor premiership, says skipper Cameron Smith.

The Storm finished six points clear at the top of the ladder at the end of the season, with just four losses all season.

But Smith says all the players know success is not guaranteed in the finals, and they'll be regarding post-season as a new competition.

It was a lesson learned last year, when they finished as minor premiers but lost in the grand final to Cronulla.

"We're in a new competition now and whoever is the best team over the next month will win the premiership," said Smith.
"There are eight teams here that have every opportunity of winning.

"We're not going into this finals campaign thinking 'who are we going to meet in the grand final' or 'who's going to beat us in this premiership'.

"We've put a lot of hard work into getting ourselves into a good position with a home final and finishing minor premiers. The competition is quite even now and anyone can beat any team on their day."

Since the second of their byes this season the Storm have won all seven of their games.

During that spell they had three winning margins of 32 points or more, including a 64-6 thrashing of South Sydney in the penultimate round.

They will take on the Eels on Saturday looking for revenge after going down to them the last time the teams met at AAMI Park.

Parramatta finished fourth on the ladder after winning nine of their last 10 games of the season.

The Storm areĀ 1.18 to beat the Eels, who are 2.40.

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