Room for improvement drives Storm
Storm have experienced a lot of positives this season but it is the constant strive for improvement that drives them.
The Victorian side has won 12 of their past 13 games to sit three and a half games clear in the top two on the NRL ladder.
Their 16-8 triumph on the weekend handed the Cowboys their first loss at home in nearly 12 months.
Another resolute defensive effort proved the difference but although Melbourne returned home with the points, they did so with room for improvement.
“It was a good win, a really pleasing win against the Cowboys at home, they’ve been unbeaten there since August last year,” Cameron Smith said.
“There were some things that we weren’t overly happy with against the Cowboys. We want to look to improve on those things this week and slowly build for the first week of finals.
“I think we created a lot of opportunities for ourselves to score points, particularly in the second half but we didn’t manage to execute our plays all that well.
“I think the way we started the second half, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves defensively. We let North Queensland back into the back in the first 10-15 minutes of the second half, you just can’t allow quality sides to do that to you.”
The men in purple will look to continue their own impressive home record (7-1) when they take on the Rabbitohs this Saturday night.
South Sydney have been unable to replicate their form of recent seasons but form lines have tended to go out the window in Storm games this season.
“They’ve been up around the top four in the last three or four seasons now,” Smith said.
“They are going to come down here and play well. I don’t think we’ve played against a side yet this year, no matter where they’ve been on the ladder or their form in recent weeks, they’ve always played well.
“We are preparing for a really tough game this week.”
Kick-off will be at 7.30pm with plenty of purple pride expected to fill AAMI Park.