Melbourne Storm U20

Rd.4 NYC Team Announcement

Three straight wins to start the season has the Thunderbolts full of confidence heading into their trip to Leichhardt Oval this Sunday.

They face a Wests Tigers outfit looking to overturn their two game winless run and who will no doubt be a handful on their own turf.

Storm’s Under-20s came from behind to defeat the Broncos 28-24 on the weekend and despite having a completion of around 50 per cent, it was their work without the football that proved the difference.

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The Thunderbolts’ defence currently ranks third in the NYC competition, an outstanding improvement given they finished last season having conceded the second most points of any team.

“The biggest thing out of the first three rounds is how hard the boys are willing to work for one another and for their team,” Thunderbolts coach Eric Smith said.

“We have been sticking to our defensive structures and backing our defence to win games for us. We were also able to play a fair bit of attacking footy at the end against the Broncos to get us home.

“We have had to really grind and show some grit which we lacked a bit last year.”

“We’ve shown resilience and an ability to fight to stay in games so that when we have bad patches we are able to fall back on our defence.”

See below the Thunderbolts’ team for Round 4.

Storm NYC Thunderbolts v Wests Tigers
Sunday 26th March 1:45pm
Leichardt Oval

1.Jesse Arthars
2. Harlan Collins
3.Jacob Tonge
4.Sale Finau
5.Cory Parker
6.Hayden Herbert
7.Matt Egan
8.Jirah Momoisea
9.Harry Grant
10.Taumutu Afemui-Nohotima
11.Beau Fermor
12.Louis Geraghty
13.Tevita Alifa

14.Jake Elmore
15.Jake Ainsworth
16.Isaak Pedersen
17.Clayton Dodt
18.Dale Madden
19.Levy Nzoungou
20.Scott Drinkwater
21.Caleb Daunt
22.Will Toloi
23.Joel Gittins