Melbourne Storm U20

It is not so much the result but the lessons learned from it that is driving the Thunderbolts this season.

After a promising month of football, the young side was dealt a 38-14 defeat at the hands of the Cowboys last week.

As disappointing as the loss was, coach Eric Smith is seeing his players reach another step in their development by taking ownership of their performances.

“Now that they’ve been in the system a while, they understand what is expected of them and what they need to work on,” Smith said.

“When they come in on a Monday a lot of the guys already know what they have done wrong and the things they were poor in.

“It is good they are able to address those things during the week to get better.”

Be at AAMI Park when we take on the Rabbitohs, Saturday 6 August, 7:30pm.

The Thunderbolts will this week take on a side sitting just below them on the NYC ladder in the 13th placed Rabbitohs.

Storm Queensland-based members will be given free entry into Sunshine Coast Stadium to see the Thunderbolts in action.

The game presents a great opportunity for the young players to learn from their lessons of the past week.

“We’ve just got show a lot more intent and be a lot more committed to our defence,” Smith said.

“The Cowboys gave us a good lesson last weekend in being really aggressive in their defence which really nullified our attack.

“It was good for us to know where we are coming up short against the top teams. We’ve got a tough test tomorrow against the Rabbitohs to show what we can do, especially in front of our home crowd.

“The boys and looking forward to ripping in a putting on a better performance.”