Competition - NRL Premiership
Round - Round 05
Teams – Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights
Date –    2nd of April 2016
Venue – AAMI Park, Melbourne VIC
Photographer – Brett Crockford
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Room for improvement despite win

There may be better looking wins but at the end of the day they are all worth two points.

Storm recovered from a sluggish first half to fight back against the Knights, running out 18-14 winners at AAMI Park.

Trailing by eight points late in the second half, Cooper Cronk snatched his second of the day before Richie Kennar secured the match-winner on 73 minutes.

Melbourne were happy to secure the points but they understand improvement is needed before hosting the Bulldogs next Monday night.

“Let’s be honest it wasn’t a pretty first half from us, in saying that though the boys regrouped in the second half,” assistant coach Adam O’Brien said.

‘We got a lot straighter with the footy and tidied up some ill-discipline from the first half.  There are some good signs there, we are still not playing really pretty with the footy but we are still finding ways to win.

“There is certainly some willingness of the group to defend which is the pleasing part but we are under no illusion we’ve got some work to do with our attack but we’ll embrace that.”

The victory marked a significant milestone for the Club, reaching 300 wins in the NRL.

After a tiresome weekend that included two games in either side of five days, the Storm squad will earn a much-needed rest ahead of their clash with Canterbury next Monday night.

The short turnaround presented several challenges, one being the lack of preparation for a new-look lineup in the outside backs.

“With Marika being out and Richie’s first game, we had to move Tohu into the centres so we were a little bit clunky in terms of personnel changing,” O’Brien said.

“We need to be a little bit better with our communication and take some ownership down in good-ball.

“We are 4-1 and not playing well so there are some good signs for this team if we can get some more training under our belt and play well.”