On the eve of their NRL qualifying final, North Queensland coach Paul Green has raised concerns over Melbourne’s often maligned ruck tactics.
The Storm have long been accused of using wrestling tactics to slow down the ruck so they can set their defence.
Green said the ruck interpretation from referees Ben Cummins and Grant Atkins was his biggest concern in Saturday night’s showdown at AAMI Park.
“The Storm are very good at controlling the speed of the play the ball, they’re very good at controlling the tempo of the game,” said Green.
“Whether or not they get away with it is up to the refs, as I said I just hope the refs are consistent.”
Asked if his team would “return fire” Green said if that was the way the game would be refereed, he wanted his team to be afforded the same latitude.
Meanwhile, Green said forward Jason Taumalolo owes it to his teammates to have a big game.
In a slight distraction for the Cowboys in their finals preparation, Taumalolo was charged on Thursday with wilful damage after allegedly egging cars in Townsville.
“He’s pretty disappointed in himself and he feels he has let his teammates down and the only way, if he’s fair dinkum, to show he’s sorry about it is to go out there and play well,” Green said.
The teams met at AAMI Park in last year’s preliminary final with the Cowboys triumphant 32-12.
Green said playing on the Storm’s home turf held no fears.
“We are not scared of playing here, we’ve had a win here in a big game before but they are a different team compared to this time last year.
“We have that confidence that we can get it done down here.”