There is no hiding from the fact that Saturday night’s result was a tough pill to swallow.
However the silver lining is that the men in purple do not have to wait long for their shot at redemption.
This Thursday night Melbourne Storm are back at AAMI Park for the Grand Final rematch against the Cowboys.
It is the ideal scenario to bounce back against one of the premiere teams of the competition.
“There is no point us going around kicking stones, dragging our bottom lip because that is not going to help anything,” Storm veteran Ryan Hoffman said.
“We’ve got a five-day turnaround compared to seven or eight days where we’ve got to think about it more. We have the opportunity to put a disappointing game against the Tigers to bed and move on because that is the only thing we can do at the moment.
“It is a big game every time the Storm play the Cowboys so we are expecting a fired up North Queensland team to come down and that is going to be the best challenge for us.”
Thursday night will also be Jonathan Thurston’s final game in Melbourne, as one of the greatest careers comes to an end at the end of the season.
Suliasi Vunivalu will also be playing his 50th game for Melbourne.