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They have answered every challenge that has come their way this season and on Sunday night there will be just one more standing in their way.

Storm’s forward pack has been a big reason behind the success the team has enjoyed so far this season.

They again stood up when it mattered most on the weekend, running for nearly 300 metres more than the Raiders.

Their ability to perform together as a team within a team is what has most pleased the Club’s coaching staff.

“A lot of the guys collectively have been very consistent together,” forwards coach Jason Ryles said.

“The younger guys in the team, the guys that have come in, Jordan McLean has come in with a big pre-season under his belt and been very consistent helping Jesse out through the middle of the field.

“The all-round consistency throughout the season, especially our younger guys has certainly helped us get to where we are.”

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Now the Storm pack will set themselves to face their Sharks counterparts.

Led by Andrew Fifita, Wade Graham and Paul Gallen the Sharks all-NSW Origin pack presents a significant challenge.

Like Storm, Cronulla has enjoyed a successful season on the back of their big men.

“The reason they’ve been so successful this year has been their forward pack,” Ryles said.

“They certainly get on the back of their go-forward with Townsend, Maloney and Barba through the middle of the field.

“It is a massive task for our forwards to limit their forward pack. Hopefully we can do a good job with our forwards and limit the impact that they do have.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.