Saturday’s trial against the Bulldogs may have been plagued by errors but that is of little concern to Storm five-eighth Blake Green ahead of Round 1.
Melbourne experienced a difficult final hit-out at Belmore this weekend, falling to Canterbury 20-0.
Head Coach Craig Bellamy was left to rue persistent handling errors made by his team throughout the game but vowed it is an area that would be addressed before the season kicks off against the Dragons on March 7.
Speaking to the media at Storm’s annual Family Day on Sunday, Green acknowledged the errors were disappointing but was adamant there was little cause for alarm.
“I’m not too concerned, the fact that we completed 45% of our possession is an embarrassing stat but I don’t think that is a reflection on our style,” he said.
“It was just some basic errors that come in pre-season games when you are not used to the contact and being under fatigue.
“We were very poor with our handling and made some really basic errors in the play-the-ball and basic attack. It is something we need to address before round 1.”
Some disappointing news to come out of the game was a calf injury to Matt White, which is expected to sideline the newly recruited prop for the next 4-6 weeks.
One overwhelming positive to come out of the Club’s two trial games has been some resolute performances in defence.
“We put ourselves under a lot of pressure to defend our line and I thought we did really well defensively,” Green said.
“We had a lot of young kids coming on and off and they did pretty well in our system defensively so I suppose that is one positive thing we can take away.”
Storm kicks of season 2016 on March 7 against the Dragons at AAMI Park.