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Kangaroos plan to take Kiwis by Storm

Australia will use Melbourne Storm's grand final blueprint to shut down New Zealand's feared forward pack, spearheaded by Bulldogs giants Sam Kasiano and Frank Pritchard, in Saturday's Test.

Australian prop Matt Scott, who will dedicate the Test in Townsville to the memory of his mother Dianne who passed away during the State of Origin series in June, said Melbourne's grand final game plan had smothered the brutal Bulldogs' forwards.

The aggressive style of New Zealand's 133-kilogram Test rookie Kasiano, and the power-running Pritchard, helped sweep the Bulldogs to the grand final but Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy devised a plan that restricted their impact in the NRL decider.

''The Storm are very good at controlling possession and strangling sides, that's what they did to the Bulldogs,'' said Scott.

''It would be great if we could put together a game of footy like that. Melbourne completed their sets and had a very good kicking game [on the back of Test stars Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith].

''If you do those things right you can limit what they [Kiwis] can do with the footy.''


While Australian coach Tim Sheens has hinted complacency could be an issue, both Scott and fellow prop Dave Shillington declared wearing the green and gold was an honour that no player should take for granted.

Scott, who will partner James Tamou in the front row, said there was always pressure within the side from young guys coming through the NRL ranks.

''The World Cup [2013] is still a long way off but I'm sure everyone is thinking about it,'' he said.

''I'd personally love to be there. I want to be a part of it and every game you represent Australia you've got to put your hand up and do your job well.''

The emotion of playing at home in front of his family will also drive the Queensland prop after he missed the Test against New Zealand earlier this year.

''It's special. It's hard to put into words what it means,'' he said yesterday.

''I know there's a lot of people coming in from out of town and out west where I'm from.

''I've got family coming up and it's very special for the region, which has embraced it, and I'm just glad I can be a part of it.''

Shillington said he got excited just pulling on his training gear.

''When I put on the jersey, I'll be jumping out of my skin to get on the field,'' she said.

''If you take a game like this lightly, you can get pretty embarrassed because they've got a pretty good team who are big and experienced with seven players who were involved in the grand final.'' AAP