Cameron Munster is prepared for the threat of Johnathan Thurston.
Cameron Munster is prepared for the threat of Johnathan Thurston. TRACEY NEARMY

Munster looking forward not back ahead of big final

MELBOURNE Storm fullback Cameron Munster says last year's defeat in the preliminary final will have no bearing on the clash with the Cowboys in Saturday's qualifying final rematch.

The two sides will clash again at AAMI Park with the Storm slight favourite after taking out the minor premiership.

Munster said some might think about last year's defeat as the North Queensland side went on to win its first NRL premiership but for Munster there is no looking back.

"Not really [I don't think about it], obviously we didn't play our best last year but that's behind us, we're more worried about this game here,” Munster told

"We've bought some good form in after the Sharks and hopefully we can keep doing that this weekend. We're not dwelling too much on last year, this is a new year.

"Obviously they won last year and they've been really consistent this year.

"We know we're going to have to produce our best performance against them (to win). "They're going to be really hard to beat down here.”

Munster has taken up the fullback mantle from the injured Billy Slater impressively this season and has turned to his mentor for some advice ahead of the big game.

"Billy has been in grand finals and won them, so he knows a lot about the final stage and I had a bit of a chat to him the other day,” he said.

"Just embrace it and just enjoy it - that's pretty much what he said and just don't take anything for granted.”

Munster knows Johnathan Thurston will be a major threat to the Storm's chances of winning in Melbourne and said it was up to he and his teammates to put him off his game.

"Obviously he's won a few Dally M's in his career and he's a very handy player for the Cowboys and we've got to be on our game for him and I guess try and minimise his timing and vision during the game,” he said.

"It's going to be very hard because he's one of the best players in the world, and I guess we'll be trying to put him off his game as much as we can.

"JT will be really looking forward to this game and he'll be playing really well I reckon, so I guess we just have to play well and bring the form from last week to this week.”

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