Phil Gould doubts the Storm can take their game to another level and questioned their defence, despite Melbourne sitting just two wins away from an NRL title.
The Storm beat the Eels 36-24 in their first final to earn a week off and set up a preliminary final against the winner of the Roosters’ clash with the Raiders.
However Gould doesn’t believe the 2020 Storm outfit can match their 2017 title winning side’s ability to turn it on in the two biggest games of the season.
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“No, I don’t think so – I don’t think they’ve got another gear to go to, I think that’s as good as it’s going to get,” Gould said of Melbourne on The Final Whistle.
“And I don’t think it’s defensively anywhere near as strong as what the great Melbourne Storm sides have been. Mind you, they mightn’t have to be as strong as previous Melbourne Storm sides to get it done.
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“I thought this was a game really where I wasn’t impressed with either side. There was some brilliant attacking football, it was entertaining, but if I’m a coach of a team playing in semi-finals like this, I’m a little concerned that we’re going to need a lot of improving if we’re going to win a premiership.
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“I did not see premiership-winning defence in this game. As a matter of fact, I didn’t see premiership-winning defence in any game this weekend, in none.
“If it’s just going to be a scoring-a-thon, Melbourne Storm can match it with the best of them in that category.
“They haven’t got another gear, they’re flat out. They’re under the whip.”
The Storm celebrate a try against the Eels.Source:Getty Images
However Paul Gallen believes the Storm will beat the Panthers in the grand final and give Cameron Smith a fairytale farewell.
“I predicted last week it’s going to be a Storm-Penrith grand final,” Gallen said.
“I think Storm can get the job done and Smith will retire.
“I think they’ve got another gear from what they did last year.”
Originally published as‘Haven’t got another gear’: Gus doubts ‘flat out’ Storm’s premiership hopes
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