NYC Premiership 
- Round 09 
- Gold Coast Titans V Melbourne Storm  
- 01 May 2016 
- CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Qld 
- Scott Davis

The Thunderbolts are looking forward to their first game in three weeks when they take on the Roosters at Allianz Stadium this Saturday.

After last week’s game against Penrith was rained out following the bye, the Storm Under-20s will be eager to resume their season.

The will do so against the fifth-placed Roosters, a tough, bid-bodied side that will pose plenty of challenges.

“The boys are really looking forward to getting out and playing some footy,” Thunderbolts coach Eric Smith said.

“It is going to be a pretty big occasion for our local guys and new guys in the team to go down and played in Sydney against the Roosters.

“Both mentality and physically it has been a pretty tough grind for most of these young kids that havn’t been exposed to this kind of football and these kind of training programs.

“We won’t know until Saturday whether that has helped us and rejuvenated us a little bit but the boys are definately excited about getting back and playing.”

There were plenty of promising performances amongst the Thunderbolts’ start to the season.

While they did not translate into consistent wins, the young side is clear about where they need to work on.

“We’ve been working really hard on our ball control and our attack,” Smith said.

“Defensively we’ve been working really hard and I’ve been really proud of the way the boys have worked, especially on back to back sets.

“Ball control is a big one for us this weekend and looking to build some pressure through back to back sets and throwing as much of our shape at them as we possibly can.”