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Melbourne Storm forward David Kidwell is adamant Roosters coach Ricky Stuart will use last year?s 38-point drubbing at the hands of Melbourne as a source of motivation in the build-up to Sunday?s clash at Olympic Park.
Having played 19 games for the Roosters under Stuart last year, Kidwell is well aware of what makes the premiership coach tick.
?I can guarantee you that Ricky will use that loss last year as a motivational factor this week,? Kidwell said.
?Last year the (Roosters) boys got a fair touch up here at Olympic Park and I?m sure it will be on their minds, I know they?ll be pumped up to do well - particularly coming off the bye.
?We?re travelling alright at the moment with a 4-0 record at home so they?ll definitely be expecting a tough game and we?ll definitely be giving them a tough game.?
As the Storm aim for three consecutive wins for the first time in two years (round 13, 2001), the former Kiwi international says he won?t let the emotion of coming up against his former teammates disrupt his natural game.
?I will probably be a little more pumped up this week than normal but it?s business as usual once the game settles down,? Kidwell offered.
?I firstly have to concentrate on my job and that is to help my side win the match and if we can do that then maybe I?ll have a big smile on my face.
?I don?t think I have to prove anything to those guys (Roosters players) I just want to play well for myself and for our team.?
The 21-year-old was granted a release to pursue a contract with St Helens after playing three games for the Storm this year. Mason joined the Storm at the end of the 2001 season and played one first grade match for the club in his first year.