Zorba's Zone: Storm will falter

Peter Peters April 4, 2012, 6:23 am

I was feeling pretty happy with myself having woken up last Saturday morning with two from two in my tips.

Twenty-four

hours later I felt lower than a limbo dancer after all three of my
Saturday night tips bit the dust and by the end of the round I had a
paltry four.

Tipping winners in season 2012 is the hardest I've known it.

Teams that fire up one week are dreadful the next - hello Canberra, Roosters, Rabbitohs.

And
sides that were heavily favoured at the start of the year - Manly and
the Wests Tigers to name two - are in more trouble than a lamb at a
Greek barbecue.

The only non-surprise is the form of the Melbourne Storm.

If you look up the definition of consistency in the dictionary then you'd find Craig Bellamy's mob listed there.

Melbourne rarely have an off day. They are up for it every single week, which you can't say about many teams.

They have not looked troubled in any of their five victories and who knows when the winning streak will come to an end?

Competition
points are like money in the bank at this time of the year and the
Storm will need to make a few withdrawals come State of Origin.

That's
when they'll lose the big three - Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and
try-scoring machine Billy Slater - and those now playing the support
roles will have to step up to centre stage.

I'm prepared to say they won't aim up and you'll see Melbourne fall back to the pack in June-July.

Bellamy
will get them firing again for the run to the finals and they will make
it with plenty to spare, but I see it all ending in tears in September
just like it did last year.

That forward back is full of hard-working journeymen but I feel they will be found wanting when the whips are cracking.

Brisbane is another side that suffers at Origin time and that's why the points they are gathering now are so crucial.

I
like the look of them although the really strong Broncos sides of
previous years would not have let the Dragons climb back from 24-0 down
like they did last round.

As long as Justin Hodges stays fit - and they learn to finish teams off - I can see Brisbane going a long, long way.

Now let's throw some darts at the board and see if we can get better than 50 percent in the tips department this week.

Here we go: Bulldogs, Broncos, Roosters, Dragons, Warriors, Knights, Storm, Sea Eagles.

Have a great Easter and we'll speak next week.