Bromwich's Storm warning: A lot of improvement left
They've been lauded for doing so well to just miss out on the minor premiership in the year after winning the title on the back of losing key players to other clubs.
But the Storm are far from happy. Craig Bellamy sets very high standards. Finishing second, especially on the back of last Friday's upset loss to Penrith at AAMI Park, is indicative of their 2018 campaign which by Storm benchmarks, has been inconsistent.
Veteran prop Jesse Bromwich said on Tuesday they have plenty of improvement left in them as they prepare to face South Sydney on Friday night at the same venue in the first qualifying final of the NRL playoffs.
Bromwich, who plays his 200th NRL game in the clash with the Bunnies, said the Storm needed to be better about taking opportunities.
"I think we've been quite inconsistent prior to the finals," he said.
"But we had a lot of boys coming in and out, chopping and changing everywhere. But I think we've got lots of improvement in us. During our video reviews, we see opportunities we miss, and hopefully they're ones that we can take when guys like Billy Slater and Cameron Munster return."
The Storm face a much-improved Rabbitohs side who took the honours 30-20 the last time they met in round 21.
And the 29-year-old prop identified Sam, Tom and George Burgess as not-so-secret danger men in the opposing pack.
"We learnt last time about how big they are, it will be a big challenge for us," Bromwich said.
"The three Burgess boys are going well at the moment, but also guys like Angus Crichton and Johnny Sutton are doing a good job as well."
Bromwich, who becomes only the sixth player to reach the double-century for the Storm, credits Bellamy and the club's senior players for helping him get there.
"I think I've been very lucky to be at such a good club and learn off such good leaders. Starting with Craig, I try to copy his hard work. When I hit the training paddock or at the gym, I just work as hard as I can."
The big Kiwi now takes it upon himself to be a mentor for younger players.
"I definitely see that as probably my main role for the young fellas, especially the young forwards, in the way you want to play and preparing the best you can for a game.
"I probably don't talk as much I like in the meetings, but hopefully I'm out there leading with my actions."
He also was named in the Kiwis' wider training squad for their end-of-year Tests against Australia, England and France, an achievement that gave him immense pride after being stood down from last year's World Cup for an illegal drugs scandal.
"It's exciting, you know, [after] missing out from the last few games," he said.
"It means a lot."
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