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Aubusson tips Storm for grand final win

THE Melbourne Storm's stoush with the NRL will not affect their preparation for Sunday's grand final against Manly, according to former player James Aubusson.

Aubusson, also a former Marist Brothers player, made 16 first grade appearances for the Storm last season and was the unlucky 18th man for the 2007 grand final before switching to the Sydney Roosters for 2008.

This week, as he prepares to watch the premiership decider at team-mate Mitchell Pearce's house, Aubusson said coach Craig Bellamy would not be fazed by the $50,000 fine handed to the club over his scathing attack on the NRL judiciary.

“Craig is unbelievable. By far and away he's the best coach in the game,” Aubusson said.

“He is the sort of person who thinks the game is a game. He doesn't worry about anything else.

“He believes you don't bring any of your personal life to training. At training you train, when you play you play.

“It takes a bit of emotion out of it.

“They'll have a rock-solid platform. He knows how to beat a team without worrying about anything else.”

However, he said he wouldn't be surprised if Bellamy instructed his team to heckle Manly halfback Matt Orford whose ability to perform under pressure has been brought into question.

“It's quite possible if he thinks that will throw [Orford] off,” he said.

“I know Craig will do whatever is necessary to get the job done.”

It is Bellamy's preparation and the Storm's forwards that have Aubusson tipping a 12-point win over Manly.

“Whenever the Storm is ready for someone and they've had the time to prepare, they are hard to beat,” he said.

“I know they're missing Cam Smith and they've had a couple of close games but I really think they've got the wood over Manly.

“Craig will have the boys ready to go and I think there'll be doubt in their minds, Manly haven't beat them for a while.

“By far and away he's the best coach in the game.”



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