Kenny Bromwich to cash in on rule change
Storm prop Kenny Bromwich says the reduction in interchanges will bring the best out of him this season with the opportunity to take advantage of tiring defenders.
With the new interchange rule bringing rotations down to just eight per game, Bromwich says his role off the interchange can produce even more impact against tiring big men in the middle of the field.
"I'm enjoying the way they're using me at the moment. I'd like to continue on that way, I like coming on when some of the other teams are a bit tired and get a bit of leg speed and ball movement in there, so I'm enjoying it," Bromwich said.
"I think there's a few other players out there sort of like myself, a bit smaller and mobile, and I think [the new rule] will benefit us a bit more. I'm just happy to be in the 17 and playing that role at the moment."
Bromwich has already started making a difference in 2016, with the Kiwi forward scoring six minutes into the second half at a crucial time of the Storm's win night against the Dragons on Monday night.
"At the time, I didn't realise anything was going to happen, but after it I was real excited, and sort of realised that at that time of the game it was pretty important," he said.
Bromwich's try didn't come without help from his brother Jesse, and Kenny admitted the elder Bromwich wanted a drink in return for providing the try assist.
"Jesse was talking to me after the game, he reckons I have to buy him a coffee as an IOU," laughed Bromwich.
"I didn't even think it was going to come, [Jesse] had about 4-5 people on him, and he snuck it out there and I just jumped on the back of it."
Bromwich said the Storm was capable of adding an extra dimension to their game after an increased amount of ball use in training during the pre-season, and the young forward hopes it's only a matter of time before some of that work translates out onto the field.
"In the pre-season we used the ball a bit more at training, in previous years we just ran a lot, but this year we used the ball quite a bit, and hopefully we can show it soon," he said.
"I think it also helps the boys use their skill a bit more. I think when you're not using the ball much in the pre-season, they sort of put their skill in the closet a little bit, so I think the boys are using their skill a bit more, and are more confident to do so."