Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy talks at a post-game media conference.
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy talks at a post-game media conference. MICHAEL CHAMBERS

Direct orders: Bellamy wants Storm to stop bad habits

CRAIG Bellamy has ordered the Melbourne Storm to play to its strengths and be more direct with the footy.

The Storm can stitch up the minor premiership on Saturday in Newcastle, but coach Bellamy is mindful of bad habits creeping in before finals.

"It's a team thing and perhaps me as a coach too needs to be a little bit more aware of that, so I take a little bit of blame as well," Bellamy said.

"It's not disastrous but we've just gone away a little bit from what we were doing early in the season where we were really effective, and not a long way away but just a little bit, and we just need to get back to our strengths in attack and defence.

"It's just a couple little tweaks we have to do, but we need to do it consistently for the 80 minutes."

The Storm defended gamely in last week's win over the Roosters to build a three-game buffer on top of the ladder.

More of the same is needed on Saturday if the Storm is to come away successful against the young and fearless Knights, who are riding a three-game winning streak.

"One thing they've been doing is really starting well the Knights," Bellamy said.

"We'll need to make sure we're doing that as well, that's got to be a real focus for us this week.

"They've got good leads early and the last three weeks they've hung on and even gone away in a couple of the games.

"It looks like they've learned how to win and their fast starts has been a real standout."

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