Lessons have been learned as Storm about to unleash its fury

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

The Storm en­hanced their ti­tle cre­den­tials with a bru­tal 40- 6 de­mo­li­tion of Manly on Sun­day af­ter­noon and are ex­pected to wel­come back Billy Slater from con­cus­sion.

How­ever five- eighth Cameron Mun­ster is in se­vere doubt to make the trip north to Townsville af­ter sus­tain­ing an an­kle in­jury dur­ing the Sea Ea­gles drub­bing.

“One hun­dred per cent ( we learned a lot against the Roost­ers), they’re in the top four and that’s where we need to get to,” Coote said.

“They showed that in how they were re­lent­less in what they were do­ing and com­plet­ing their sets.

“They just didn’t let us back in the game. They were re­lent­less in what they were do­ing in the sec­ond half, we were un­der the pump for about 10 min­utes.

“To de­fend your line for that long against a qual­ity team was a good ef­fort but they got their roll on and we didn’t know how to han­dle it.”

Cow­boys cen­tre Justin O’Neill sug­gested that his team’s wins over the War­riors, Raiders, Pan­thers and Rab­bitohs may have pa­pered over the de­fi­cien­cies in their game.

The Storm are highly un­likely to be as gen­er­ous and Cow­boys coach Paul Green has called for his team to lift their prepa­ra­tion.

“The last few weeks there’s been er­rors there when we’ve won the game, but we prob­a­bly haven’t played to a level or stan­dard that we’d be happy with,” O’Neill said.

“Ar­eas like com­plet­ing ( sets), we knew if we came up against a side like the Roost­ers they won’t go away.

“They’re ruth­less in at­tack and de­fence and can grind a team down. We need to be bet­ter there.

“Mel­bourne are go­ing to be a lot like the Roost­ers, they're go­ing to be ruth­less and not give us much. We’re go­ing to have to take our op­por­tu­ni­ties when we can and be bet­ter in the lit­tle ar­eas.”

Fri­day’s clash will fea­ture both teams’ Ori­gin stars af­ter they were ab­sent for Mel­bourne’s 23- 22 golden point win at AAMI Park in round 15.

Cow­boys cen­tre Justin O'Neill.

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