Jesse Bromwich says Storm are looking at the positives in the lead up to the taxing State of Origin period which kicks-off on Wednesday night.
While Storm will train for part of the week without the likes of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Ryan Hoffman, Bromwich said it’s a good opportunity for younger members of the squad to prove themselves.
“The Origin boys are gone and its always a tough period for us but we’ve got young guys coming in,” Bromwich said.
“Young’s (Tonumaipea) been playing the whole year, he’s been going really good and Kurt’s (Mann) just come in too, so we’re looking at them to play real consistent footy.
“There’s a couple of us that have played in this team for the last three or four years that really need to stand up over the next week, it’s something that I’m really looking forward to.”
Bromwich feels that while both Storm and the Cowboys’ preparation will be slightly effected when they clash this weekend, it won’t take any quality out of the contest.
“Our boys—they’re so used to playing Origin and Tests…they usually come back and they’re still our best players on the day of the game,” Bromwich said.
“They’ve (Cowboys) got Jonathon Thurston and Matt Scott so you can never write guys like that off.
“The last two or three weeks I think Matt Scott’s been the best front rower in the competition, you know he’s been leading the most metres, breaking tackles and scoring tries.”