Will Chambers refuses to be haunted by the ghosts of 2016 as Melbourne prepare to avenge last year’s NRL grand final loss.
The representative centre bristles when the subject of last year’s grand final loss comes up, adamant it has been dealt with and banished to the dustbin of history.
The Storm went down 14-12 to Cronulla in last year’s season decider but only after the Storm failed to capitalise on a Chambers break with two minutes on the clock which could have won them the game.
After the Queensland and Australian outside back danced his way down the the right touchline, he kicked and regathered only to be wrapped up by Ben Barba before he had a chance to look up.
Had he looked inside, he would have seen Cooper Cronk unmarked and with the tryline begging.
A lot was made of that moment in the wash-up however few speak about Chambers’ brilliant effort to score in the 64th minute which gave the Storm the lead for the first time.
“Why bring up last year?” Chambers told AAP after Melbourne qualified for next Sunday’s grand final with a 30-0 thumping of Brisbane.
According to the 29-year-old, the Storm line-up has undergone significant turnover in the last 12 months, making the past irrelevant.
“We’ve got seven new kids that weren’t there last year who played their first finals game when we played Parramatta.
“It was hard, it was hard to accept but we’ve put that behind us.
“We’ve got a new group of players. We’re trying to move forward and trying to worry about now.
“We’ve got an opportunity as a playing group to do something special next Sunday but the most important thing is preparation over the next seven days.”