Melbourne manager Craig Bellamy has joked that he'll springiness 1 of his troops a shotgun to instrumentality onto the paddock for time night's clash with Manly, arsenic the Storm look to nullify the otherworldly signifier of Tom Trbojevic.
The Manly fullback has been successful scintillating interaction since returning to the paddock successful the sixth round, piling up 19 effort assists (second successful the league) and 18 tries (third equal).
The signifier of Trbojevic, which has drawn wide comparisons to the superhuman footy displayed by Jarryd Hayne successful 2009 and Ben Barba successful 2012, has been the driving unit down the Sea Eagles' blistering resurgence.
Manly slumped to their worst-ever commencement to a play successful their 74-year past implicit the opening 4 rounds, but they are present sitting sixth and threatening to bash superior harm successful the finals.
The astir in-form subordinate successful the contention is present acceptable to go Melbourne's problem, as the Storm quadrate disconnected with the Sea Eagles successful Brisbane time night.
"I've got a shotgun successful my room, truthful I'm going to get 1 of the guys to instrumentality that retired time night," Bellamy joked to reporters.
"But no, I'm not rather definite however you would picture his signifier astatine the moment. But his crippled past week (against Cronulla) was disconnected the planet, really.
"You trust connected a subordinate similar that - immoderate squad does, truly - but what he's been doing has been rather remarkable."
Trbojevic finished past week's 40-22 triumph implicit the Sharks with his 3rd hat-trick of the season, arsenic good arsenic 3 effort assists, 3 line-breaks, 4 line-break assists, 15 tackle busts and 227 metres.
The NSW State of Origin centre has changeable into red-hot favouritism for his maiden Dally M Medal - and that's contempt the information a hamstring wounded saw him miss the archetypal 5 rounds of the season.
"We're not going to propulsion our hands up successful the aerial and say, 'I anticipation helium doesn't play excessively bully tomorrow'," Bellamy said.
"We've evidently got a program connected however we mightiness beryllium capable to blunt a spot of his effectiveness.
"We're not going to unopen him down wholly for the full game, but there's a mates things we deliberation we tin bash and a mates of mentalities astir america being connected our crippled successful definite situations and being truly alert of wherever helium is and what helium does successful those situations."
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