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Finch ignites Melbourne's attack

By Todd Balym 02/05/2009 11:06:40 AM Comments (0)

After just two NRL games and five training sessions Melbourne's midseason recruit Brett Finch is already being hailed as the man to revive the Storm's vaunted attack.

The five-eighth, who joined Melbourne on a minimum wage deal after being released from Parramatta last month, has slotted comfortably into the Storm backline and was instrumental in their 22-8 win over Manly at Brookvale Oval on Friday night.

Playing on the left side of the attack, Finch has already brought superstar Greg Inglis and former Test forward Ryan Hoffman out of their shells after both endured quiet starts to 2009.

"When you gain an experienced player like Finchy it always gives you confidence and the two guys that have gained the most is Ryan Hoffman and Greg Inglis," said skipper Cameron Smith.

"I think they've played their best footy in the last two matches when he's been there.

"Obviously with Greg moving to the centres we need a bloke there that can get him the ball and give him the ball at the right times. Probably the last two games he has been at his best Greg ... he was always testing out (Manly's) right edge."

Coach Craig Bellamy agreed Melbourne's attack was still improving, three first-half tries from set plays against the Sea Eagles a sure sign the Storm are starting to find cohesion.

Bellamy believes the attack can only get better as the players develop a better understanding of Finch's style of football.

"Brett has given us a different focal point to our attack at times," said Bellamy.

"He's only been there two weeks and about four or five training sessions. We need to make sure we get full value out of him, using him in the right way at the right time.

"That is going to take a bit longer for us as well.

"We can still improve our attack when we get more used to him."

But it isn't just with ball in hand that Finch is making a difference to Melbourne.

After Melbourne held out Manly's attack for five consecutive sets on their own tryline, it was Finch who could be seen rallying and congratulating the troops on a job well done.

"He brings a lot of energy to the team," said Smith.

"He doesn't stop talking. Sometimes that's a little bit annoying but when you're out on the park that's what you need when you're a little bit tired."

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