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It was a tale of two halves last week that ultimately saw the Thunderbolts on the wrong end of the result against the Broncos.

They put in a promising first half to lead 18-12 however surrendered 36 unanswered points to suffer a heavy defeat.

As is the case every week though, win or lose, there are valuable lessons to be learnt.

“We definitely need to be a lot better with our defensive roles,” Thunderbolts coach Eric Smith said.

“There were some really easy metres made by the Broncos and they rolled straight over us.

“We need to be a lot better against the Eels who are a big team, a strong team and are travelling pretty well at the moment.”

The Thunderbolts have played some stellar football this season against quality opposition.

Their challenge for the remainder of the season is to bring that level of intensity each and every week.

“When we do decide that we want to put our hand up and get tough we have competed with the best sides in the competition,” Smith said.

“We’ve just got make sure that the things we are doing well, we are just doing it for a longer period of time.”

Storm v Eels at AAMI Park. July 8. Book now!

Storm NYC Thunderbolts v Parramatta Eels
Saturday 8 July, 2:45pm
Sunshine Coast Stadium

1. Jack Cornford
2. Harlan Collins
3. Jesse Arthars
4. Will Toloi
5. Kea Pere
6. Braydon Trindall
7. Matt Egan
8. Jake Ainsworth
9. Caleb Daunt
10. Jirah Momoisea
11. Beau Fermor
12. Louis Geraghty
13. Tevita Alifa

14.Jake Elmore
15. Clayton Dodt
16. Dale Madden
17. Dechlan Day
18. Sale Finau
19. Taumutu Afemui-Nohotima
20. Augustus Rangihuna
21. Harry Grant
22. Jaiyden Hunt
23. Pio Nakabuwai

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.