Storm striving for right balance

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NRL: The Melbourne Storm cruised to an early lead against the Manly Sea Eagles.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — APRIL 15: Suliasi Vunivalu of the Storm celebrates scoring a try with team mates during the round seven NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Melbourne Storm at Lottoland on April 15, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)


A PLANNED evacuation of AAMI Park on Wednesday would only have given Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy more time to plot a punishing week on the paddock.

Bellamy was furious after Storm escaped from Brookvale Oval last Saturday with a 30-26 win over Manly Sea Eagles after leading 30-12.


Fresh after three days off to prepare for the Anzac Day blockbuster against Auckland Warriors, versatile Storm playmaker Cameron Munster said the focus had to be on defence after simple errors gifted the Eagles three unanswered tries.

It is the second time in 11 games an NRL rival has scored 26 points on Storm.

“We have to try and find a balance in our defence and attack, and try and bring it into the whole 80 minutes of the game,” Munster said.

Cameron Munster gets past Manly's Brenton Lawrence at the weekend. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Cameron Munster gets past Manly’s Brenton Lawrence at the weekend. Picture: Gregg PorteousSource:News Corp Australia

“(Our defence) wasn’t up to scratch for us and we know we need to improve playing against the Warriors.”

Munster said attack was front of mind going into the Eagles clash but not at the expense of what Storm prides itself on — playing strong defence.

Storm were impenetrable through the first five rounds, holding four of their five opponents scoreless in second halves.

“We scored 30 points in the first half and it was really good but we were still a bit disappointed in defence,” Munster said.

“We just kept going tit for tat for tries and we’re going to have to (go through video this week) and see what we did wrong, see what we could do better.”

Munster played down “rumours” linking Warriors stars Kieran Foran and David Johnson with Storm next year as possible replacements for outgoing superstar Cooper Cronk.

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“We still got Coops for this year and that’s all we’re really focusing on,” Munster said.

“Foran is a really good player and similar to Coops structure wise, and Johnson is a little bit different, a little bit off the cuff and anything can happen with him.

“(Johnson) can do freakish things.”

Munster played 54 minutes off the bench last week in his earlier-than-expected comeback from a busted jaw and feels more confident ahead of Tuesday’s clash.

“I was obviously a bit nervous going into the game against … I knew I was playing in the front line and they were going to attack me a lot,” he said.

Originally published as Storm striving for right balance

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