Melbourne star Cameron Munster believes dropping a sport earlier than the finals sequence to finish Storm’s document successful streak may shake the ladder leaders up as they chase elusive back-to-back premierships.
A win over the Titans on Thursday evening can be a nineteenth in a row for Melbourne and equal the NRL’s longest successful streak set by the 1975 Roosters.
That successful streak got here to an finish in a significant semi-final loss to the Dragons earlier than the Roosters received their subsequent two finals, together with the decider 38-0 in opposition to St George once more to take the title.
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If the Storm wins their remaining three membership video games and three finals to go back-to-back it’ll end in a 24-game successful streak.
Munster mentioned a loss wouldn’t be the worst factor to occur to his crew.
“Look, it will in all probability be good to lose one earlier than the finals come simply to get a little bit of a style and a bit extra motivation I reckon,” Munster mentioned.
“The drive continues to be there. The boys nonetheless need to succeed and play nicely for one another. I assume there’s a variety of speak about folks enjoying nicely and going by means of the competitors undefeated after which dropping the grand closing.”
Penrith received 17 in a row earlier than dropping final yr’s decider to Melbourne, however Munster mentioned if the Storm stored successful they may nonetheless undergo unbeaten for the remainder of the yr and win the title.
“If we get to the grand closing…I can’t see why we are able to’t simply win it with out dropping a sport. There may be a variety of hypothesis and hoodoos that comes with not dropping a sport, however that’s only a mindset and angle,” he mentioned.
“Should you begin occupied with that, that’s whenever you begin not enjoying your greatest footy.”
Requested, for the sake of readability, whether or not he meant the Storm wanted a loss earlier than the finals, or no loss, Munster mentioned “a loss”.
The final sport the Storm misplaced in Queensland was in 2017 in opposition to the Titans once they had been crushed 38-36.
Former skipper Cameron Smith can nonetheless keep in mind the spray that Craig Bellamy gave them that evening. Munster conceded the Titans, simply inside the highest eight, can be determined.
“I’m positive they’ll include a great angle and eager to win,” he mentioned.
“We have to discover the motivation to maintain the streak going, and fingers crossed we are able to.
“It’s good for the membership – 18 wins – however the final two weeks have been fairly scratchy on our behalf. In saying that we in all probability wanted these scratchy video games as a result of we have now been blowing groups away by 20 to 30 factors. I believe we want these grinding video games going into finals to get ourselves battle hardened for no matter is to come back.”
After a quiet Origin sequence Munster has been working again into his greatest type.
“Going into that Origin sequence I nonetheless had points with ligaments in my foot, however there aren’t any excuses. I put my hand as much as play,” he mentioned.
“I’m pleased with my type. A few of my lapses at instances in video games I can get higher with, however my sport administration at instances is getting higher.
“There may be at all times room from enchancment in our aspect, and that’s scary to assume with the way in which we’re going, however we simply have to play a great 80 minutes of soccer within the subsequent three weeks to place a stamp of authority on this competitors.”