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Storm fullback Scott Drinkwater.

The Melbourne Storm appear no closer to settling on a replacement for retired fullback Billy Slater after Friday night's lacklustre trial against the New Zealand Warriors in Geelong.

The Warriors won the match 12-6, with Hayze Perham scoring his team's second try with eight minutes remaining to seal victory.

Melbourne had tied it up at 6-6 midway through the final quarter with a try to Cheyse Blair from what looked like a forward pass.

Frequent handling errors prevented both teams from mounting sustained pressure throughout the match.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy auditioned Scott Drinkwater and Ryan Papenhuyzen at fullback and also has Jahrome Hughes to consider for the vacant No.1 jersey.

Bellamy will be hoping the Storm's final pre-season tune-up against the Cowboys next Saturday at Mackay helps him decide on a first-choice fullback.

"[Drinkwater] did a good job," Storm assistant coach Jason Ryles said.

"He was limited with his opportunities, but in saying that he had a few really good touches and a couple of opportunities he created out of nothing.

Match Highlights: Storm v Warriors Trial

"That's the ability he does have with the footy and it will be interesting to see how he goes next week after getting that game under his belt.

"Ryan [Papenhuyzen] was very impressive. We know he is a tough kid and we know he has got a bit of time."

The Storm defended strongly for the most part on Friday but struggled to maintain any attacking rhythm.

"The biggest thing was they worked hard," Ryles said.

"[We made] simple fundamental errors under pressure and we need to work on that really hard between now and round one.

"It's the coaches' responsibility, the individual players' responsibility to eradicate them as much as possible.

"To hold them to 12 points was a credit to the effort and how hard they worked. But it has got to stop with the fundamental errors. It's something we are constantly working on.

"The players are as frustrated as anyone and we have one more game before the season starts."

Storm stars Cameron Smith and Cameron Munster didn't play, while 2018 Dally M winner Roger Tuivasa- Sheck didn't suit up for the Warriors.

The Warriors host the Tigers next Saturday.

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