Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold has reiterated how an apprenticeship under Craig Bellamy was vital.Rookie South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold says he’s primed for his first NRL final after learning from the best in Melbourne’s master Craig Bellamy.
The Rabbitohs’ coach spent over a decade at various clubs around the world learning the coaching trade, but it’s the lessons he gained from three seasons under Bellamy that resonate the most ahead of Friday’s clash with the Storm at AAMI Park.
While Seibold insists the Rabbitohs play their own original style, there are elements of their play rooted in Melbourne.
“Obviously you get heavily influenced by people you’ve learnt under and I’d be crazy if I spent a couple of years down there and didn’t learn from Bellyache (Bellamy),” Seibold said on Thursday.
“You’d be really ignorant if you were down there for a few years and didn’t learn anything so certainly I learnt a whole heap.”
While it’s Seibold’s first taste of September action, it’s Bellamy’s 36th NRL final and with a winning record of 66 per cent he’s boasts the best success rate of coaches involved in this year’s finals.
However Seibold said he wasn’t fazed by records, including the Rabbitohs’ failure to get a win in Melbourne in 14 previous attempts.
“It’s a different coaching staff, different playing staff,” he said.
“At some stage, Souths will get a result down there and we’re hoping to make it tomorrow night.”
Souths are unchanged after snapping their losing streak last round, while the Storm have stars Billy Slater, Cameron Munster and Suliasi Vunivalu back on deck.
But Bellamy warned they couldn’t rely on the key trio to secure victory.
“We’ve got some key personnel coming back but we need to make sure we’re doing things a little bit better than we did last week with the footy,” he said.
Bellamy said the Storm would be on high alert for big game specialist Greg Inglis, who he coached at Melbourne for six seasons.
“All of his wonderful moments have probably been in big games and we’re well aware of that,” Bellamy said.
The winner advances to a home preliminary final while the loser face the victor of the elimination final between Brisbane and St George Illawarra.
STATS THAT MATTER
* Melbourne’s 82.8% win percentage against the Rabbitohs is its highest amongst all current teams, winning 24 of the 29 matches played.
* Storm skipper Cameron Smith will equal Kevin Walters for the second most finals matches played on 34, trailing just Darren Lockyer who has played 35.