Melbourne Storm halfback Matt Orford believes Saturday�s loss to Newcastle will serve as an opportune wakeup call following the first month of the NRL Telstra Premiership season.
After enjoying a 2-0 start to the season � as well as a bye round � Orford says a feeling of complacency had infiltrated the club, something that won�t be a part of the preparation for Saturday�s return clash with the Sharks.
�We all thought we were going pretty well with two wins and bye to start the year,� Orford said.
�But Saturday was a reality check for us and it is a good wakeup call because the next couple of games are very important.
�First and foremost we�ve got the Sharks this weekend which isn�t going to be any easier than the Knights because they (Sharks) have had a poor start to the year and I�m sure they would want to change that.�
The Storm has never gone scoreless in its 135 game history but after trailing 32-0 at the main break at EnergyAustralia Stadium this record looked to be in some danger.
It further highlighted the club�s inability to fire from the outset when travelling away from home � a definite problem last year that was also evident at Toyota Park against the Sharks in round one.
�When we play away we�re just not turning up ready to go,� Orford added.
�It takes us a half to switch on and no doubt the coaching staff will want to address that this week because we don�t seem to have any problems starting well when we play at home.�
However a late flurry of tries thanks to greater possession in the second half helped the visitors gain some respectability on the scoreboard.
�It goes to show that when we have the ball and maintain possession we can score tries quite quickly,� Orford said.
�But the underlying factor is that we have plenty to work on over the next few weeks.�
Scott Hill will be monitored throughout the week as he attempts to overcome a shoulder injury suffered in round one.
A positive on the Storm�s injury front was Robbie Ross and Aaron Moule getting through the weekend unscathed.
STORM TRAINING THIS WEEK:
Tuesday: 10am, Gosch�s Paddock Wednesday: 3pm, Gosch�s Paddock Friday: 4.30pm, Olympic Park
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James Avery: Phone (03) 9421 3222 Mobile: 0411 623 024 [email protected]