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Past success won't get us home: Cronk

By Steve Jancetic 05/10/2008 07:37:57 AM Comments (0)

Melbourne skipper Cooper Cronk says the Storm's success in recent seasons won't help them get over the line in Sunday's NRL grand final against Manly.

The Storm have dominated the competition for the last three years but head into Sunday's re-match of last year's decider as outsiders with critics predicting the loss of Test pair Cameron Smith (suspension) and Ryan Hoffman (injury) will be too big a burden for the premiers.

Cronk acknowledged that whatever the side had done in the past - including three wins from their past three meetings with the Sea Eagles - would not have any impact on the result of the game.

"What we've done over the last couple of years is great but it's not going to help us Sunday night," Cronk said.

"Three minor premierships, that's not going to help us win the game of football.

"We've got to go out there and tackle hard, run hard and get stuck in and be committed for 80 minutes, that's what will help us win the game of footy."

The match will be the last in the NRL for several players, most notably for veteran Sea Eagles backrower Steve Menzies who will equal Terry Lamb's record of 349 top grade appearances.

"It's going to be a big occasion," Menzies said.

"I was pretty nervous last week against the Warriors - that was pretty close to the most nervous I've been - so who knows what's going to happen this week?

"Hopefully the old mind can control the body and keep the nerves under control."

Menzies said there was no way the Sea Eagles, who won their last premiership in 1996, would underestimate the depleted Storm side.

"You can't take them lightly even if they are missing a couple of players," he said.

"Good teams tend to rally when there's a bit of adversity and they proved that last week.

A crowd in excess of 75,000 is expected to flock to ANZ Stadium with the day's action beginning with the grand final of the NSW Cup between Newtown and Wentworthville kicking off at 12.15pm (AEDT).

This will be followed by the inaugural Toyota Cup grand final with Canberra taking on Brisbane at 2.15pm with the main game due to kick off at 5pm.

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