Young guns ready for Friday night stage
Melbourne face two tough tests at home to end the regular season but the playing group is up for the challenge.
It all kicks off this Friday night at AAMI Park against arch rivals the Brisbane Broncos.
Storm will then take on the Sharks the following Saturday, needing just one win from their final two games to secure the 2016 minor premiership.
The next fortnight is being treated by the playing group as the ideal rehearsal ahead of what is sure to be a fierce final series.
“It is really good to go into the next couple of weeks against finals contenders,” Cameron Munster said.
“We are not looking too far ahead, we’ve got a long way to go. We know we’ve got top two at the moment but that doesn’t mean anything.
“Anything can happen in the finals but we are just worried about the Broncos this week.”
Munster and the NRL’s leading try scorer Suliasi Vunivalu were a dynamic duo in the first half of Saturday night’s win over Manly.
The Storm fullback set up his winger for two tries, each coming from brilliant passes out wide.
Vunivalu has now scored 21 tries in 2016 – four more than any other player in the NRL.
It has been a remarkably successful season for the rookie, who credits his teammates for helping to get him over the line.
“It’s good, we’ve been playing good footy for the past couple of weeks and hopefully I can keep it up for the rest of the season,” Vunivalu said.
“We’ve been working very hard during the week... It has been really good to get a few tries but it is not just me, the boys as well, if not for their passes I wouldn’t be scoring those tries.”
Munster was quick to praise his winger for what he has been able to achieve in his debut season.
“Suli has been outstanding, obviously he is in contention for rookie of the year this year,” Munster said.
“He brings a lot of attributes to our team, runs hard and it hard to handle but he somehow finds the try line.”