Bromwich: Storm warned over poor discipline
Melbourne are on a high discipline alert as they look to rectify their up-and-down Telstra Premiership campaign to get back in the top four.
Poor discipline has cost the premiers a chance to build regular combinations in recent weeks, with young centre Curtis Scott suspended for two weeks after punching Manly's Dylan Walker in their loss two weeks ago.
Veteran prop Sam Kasiano is serving his second suspension of the season, and even Storm captain Cam Smith got a week for a dangerous tackle.
And to compound things even further, Will Chambers has been suspended following Wednesday's Holden State of Origin opener for Queensland for a dangerous contact charge on NSW hooker Damien Cook.
Bromwich said on Thursday the topic has been addressed by the Storm hierarchy in the lead-up to Sunday's game against Brisbane at AAMI Park.
"A few of the boys being ill-disciplined - it's been a very big focus of the second half of the season," he said.
"Hopefully we can snap those out and start playing some good footy."
Over the past two months, the Craig Bellamy-coached side has also been without Bromwich and other key forwards, Tim Glasby and Dale Finucane due to injury.
It has cost the Storm a chance to cement their spot in the top four, but Bromwich said they were confident they could rise up the ladder if they have settled combinations over the next few weeks.
"That would be good," he said.
"We haven't had a very settled forward pack. I think that it gets all the younger boys game time, and they can only benefit from that.
Bromwich played his eighth game of the year in their last-start win over the Cowboys before last weekend's bye and immediately impressed with his go-forward and calm through the middle of the field.
The 29-year-old, who is approaching 200 first-grade games, has been a cornerstone of the Storm's defence this season with an effective tackle rate of 93.6%.
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"It's always tough when you get injured," he said.
"But coming back against the Cowboys, I thought I did a good job. Will look to build off that for the second half of the season."
Felise Kaufusi and Cameron Munster played 80 minutes for the Maroons and Josh Addo-Carr did likewise for the Blues but will take their place for the Storm against the Broncos.