They might not have a game this week but Storm are preparing just as if they do.

Rather than take the foot off the pedal, the Victorian side is using the week off as a full dress rehearsal for next Saturday night’s preliminary final at AAMI Park.

Melbourne is determined to improve on last year, when their run ended at this very hurdle.

That is why the week off will still involve plenty of hard work.

“We will be in routine, training as if we’ve got a game this week and have a little hit out with the boys on Saturday,” Kenny Bromwich said.

“We definitely know what we are in for. Last year we went into the game but got beaten by the Cowboys, I guess we have to prepare for a really hard game, no matter who we come up against.

“I think all the boys have learned their lesson from last year so we will go into this game with good preparation.”

Storm will take on the winner of this Saturday night’s semi-final between the Raiders and Panthers.

Both teams will present a stern test for the men in purple who will be leaving no stone unturned in ensuring they are ready to go for this Saturday.

“Last week was a good stepping stone but the job ain’t done, we’ve got a game in two weeks time to prepare for,” Bromwich said.

“We will be preparing well not matter who we get. In saying that both teams are really good with the ball, they are both big sides and they run hard.

“We will have to tackle those big fellas when they come.”