Hinchcliffe understands importance
Experienced Storm forward Ryan Hinchcliffe understands the importance of his side's match-up with the Bulldogs at Saturday night at AAMI Park, but is adamant Storm must focus on performance rather than worry about results.
Hinchcliffe, who has played every match for Storm so far in 2014, recognises the importance of Saturday night's clash against the Bulldogs. Melbourne will look to hold onto their position inside the top eight when they come up against Des Hasler's third placed side who toppled then league leaders Manly last weekend.
"We were very disappointed with our effort against the Dragons a couple of weeks ago," Hinchcliffe said.
"We're getting towards the back end of the season now so its important we start playing some good consistent footy.
"We'll definitely be looking to do that tomorrow night."
The 29-year old is confident Melbourne's best football is good enough to be competitive with any team in the competition but recognises they need to produce on a regular basis rather than in glimpses.
"We have a lot of confidence in our ability," Hinchcliffe said.
"We know that if we play the best footy that we can we'll give ourselves a shot at winning most games.
"We haven't been able to do that consistently this year but we're going to have to start doing that towards the back end (of the year), that's for sure."
Hinchcliffe also supported the NRL's decision to stamp down on betting in rugby league, describing young Storm duo Slade Griffin and Hymel Hunt as "good kids" who will learn from their mistake.
"I think there is enough education around," Hinchcliffe said.
"It is a good warning shot for everyone.
"They're good young kids, don't worry about that.
"I think it is a lesson learnt for everyone, I support the NRL's decision to keep an eye on everything and stamp it out of our game."