In-game adjustments proving development
The ability to change their approach to games whilst in the heat of the contest has been a key area of improvement for the Thunderbolts in recent times.
That has been the hallmark of both their victories in the past two weeks.
In each of those games Storm’s Under-20s have been below their best in the first half but have found a way to make the necessary adjustments coming out of half-time.
It is a facet of their game that proved the development this young side has made towards the back end of the season.
“There have been games throughout the year where we’ve addressed things at half-time but haven’t got the result,” Thunderbolts coach Eric Smith said.
“Now the guys are actually reacting to things we see at half-time and going out and making some changes. That is what has won us the game in the last two weeks.
“It is all part of their knowledge about how we want to play at Melbourne Storm and what is needed at this level.”
Jesse Arthars has continued his strong 2016 season, surpassing the 200 points mark against the Raiders last week to remain the top points scorer in the NYC Competition.
The Thunderbolts will now set their sites on a third straight win when they take on the bottom-placed Sea Eagles on Saturday.
There is always a danger in playing against a team with nothing to lose, meaning Storm’s Under-20s will make the trip down knowing full well that nothing but their best will be required to take the points.