Melbourne keen to rebuild Storm fortress
Melbourne will be out to return AAMI Park to the purple fortress it once was, starting this Saturday night against the Sharks.
Since it opened five years ago the Storm have lost just 15 games at the venue, with five of those defeats occurring last season.
Their 8-5 home record at home in 2014 was well below their previous win percentage of nearly 80 per cent.
As the club prepares for its first home game against Cronulla this weekend, prop Jesse Bromwich says the club is determined to make the trip south a frightful one of opposing teams in 2015.
"That is definitely one of our focuses… being tough to beat at home," he said.
"We pride ourselves in having a good record at AAMI Park so we are really looking forward to the game tomorrow. The boys are really looking forward to playing our first home game of the year in front of our own fans."
Bromwich is set to play a vital role on Saturday night, pitted against Andrew Fifita up the middle.
Melbourne will also have to combat opposing skipper Paul Gallen who has started the season in a rich vein of form. Gallen leads the competition for total runs and ranks second for metres gained after averaging 253 metres a game across the opening two rounds.
The winless Sharks could also welcome back Luke Lewis from off-season knee surgery after the New South Wales representative was named on the extended bench.
Despite heading into the game as hot favourites, the Storm refuse to discount the talent that exists in the visitors' ranks.
"They've got a really big pack and some really good players in Fifita, Gallen and Ennis so it's going to be a really tough game up the middle," Bromwich said.
"They've been going really well the past few weeks and we will be expecting a tough game, I rank them really high up there."
Cronulla heads to Melbourne looking to break a six-game losing streak in the southern state with kick off at 7.30pm at AAMI Park.