Cronk backs attack to fire
A subtle reminder from the coach has Storm players ready and focused for what the Knights may bring to AAMI Park on Saturday.
Newcastle left town with an upset win last season and have won two of their last three games in Melbourne.
The Knights may be winless to start the season but Craig Bellamy reminded his side that recent history does not fall in their favour.
“Craig has reminded us of their last performance down here last year. I think Craig is on record saying it was a pretty dark moment for us as a footy club last year,” Cooper Cronk said.
“Nathan Brown is trying to set a culture (at the Knights) so there are guys trying to set themselves as a future prospect for the team going forward.
“We weren’t great last week, there’s no doubt about that so let’s get together, let’s do the right things and let’s play well tomorrow.”
Storm will be desperate to make amends after Monday night’s performance, where they suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Sharks.
The side’s attacking game was not able to get up and running, something Cronk is determined to make right come Saturday.
“Hopefully I can take a bit more ownership of that and direct us around a little bit better,” Cronk said.
“Let’s play more direct… and give our guys on the edge a little bit more room to be creative.
“We are not going to play perfect football every week, we know that, the NRL is the toughest competition in the world to play.
“We didn’t play to our standards last week and that falls a little bit on myself and the other players.”
Storm and the Knights will kick-off at AAMI Park this Saturday at 3pm.