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Storm in need of fine-tuning after Dragons defeat

Ryan Hoffman appreciates what Josh-Addo-Carr, Curtis Scott and Suliasi Vunivalu do on the footy field.

But their tastes in music? Not so much.

It's often a topic of contention during workout time at Melbourne HQ.

"The music's a big one," he said.

"Cameron (Smith) and I like to play our music in the gym. Even the 'RnB' stuff that they might know from the 90s, they wouldn't have a clue about."

Whether it's the mystery of the latest techno hits or a trending topic on social media, Hoffman often shakes his head when the Storm's youth get together.

"Half the stuff they talk about I don't understand what they're saying," he said.

"It's great - I was them 16 years ago doing the same thing with Stephen Kearney and Robbie Kearns. It's just great to see this whole roundabout of rugby league."

The entire Storm team are aligned on one topic though: how to improve after their heavy loss to St George Illawarra on Sunday.

Match highlights: Dragons v Storm - Round 9, 2018

Craig Bellamy's men were aiming for four straight wins but left Kogarah jaded after the Dragons punished them 34-14.

"I thought we did well on the back of some adversity in the first half, but the way we started that second half was quite concerning," Hoffman said.

"We need to start these halves a lot better. To give the team on the top of the table as many opportunities as we did in the second half showed in the scoreline.

"We just need to see it as a bit of a blip and refocus ourselves. This time last week we were talking about how well we were going. It's not all doom and gloom; it's just a matter of getting back on the horse and making sure we play well."

Addo-Carr scored a hat-trick to be the Telstra Premiership's joint-equal leading try-scorer heading into round 10.

"Josh has been a real standout for us. Everyone's seen all the tries he's scored and all the flashy stuff, but the stuff I'm noticing is how strong he is in defence," Hoffman said. 

"He gets some big wingers running at him, and he's not the biggest bloke in the world, but he throws his body in front. He certainly deserves those accolades."

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