Kaufusi delight at 'awesome' win
Melbourne Storm's confidence is high after their narrow win over Parramatta, says Felise Kaufusi.
The second-rower was a big contributor in the Storm's 16-14 victory at AAMI Park that secured a preliminary final against either the Broncos or Penrith.
He ran for 107 metres and made 25 tackles in an 80-metre effort as Craig Bellamy's side survived a tough challenge from the Eels.
"It was pretty awesome we could hold out a side like Parramatta, with all the firepower they've got," said Kaufusi. "I think we can really take some confidence out of that leading into the prelim."
The Tonga international is getting his first taste of finals football at the end of a campaign in which he's been the only Storm forward to play all 25 games.
The regular season went very well for the club, as they won the minor premiership with a six-point margin over Sydney Roosters.
But he concedes that the encounter with the Eels was tougher than any of their previous games due to the pressure.
"To get a taste of that was something different; the intensity is completely different to 26 rounds," said the Auckland-born forward. "It was a tough game and a different brand of football."
Kaufusi played a leading part in the crucial try against Parramatta, scored by Kenny Bromwich.
His line break allowed Nelson Asofa-Solomona to offload for Bromwich to cap off a move that had seen the ball go through 10 sets of hands.
"It definitely did give us a boost when Kenny went over," said the 25-year-old. "Everyone rushed over and congratulated him; I think that was a big turning point for him getting that try."
The Storm are 27/100 to win the Grand Final.
Melbourne's Cameron Smith is 2/1 to win the Clive Churchill Medal.
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