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Melbourne Storm?s thrilling last minute win over Parramatta has done more than secure two valuable premiership points and cement the club in fifth place on the NRL ladder according to hooker Cameron Smith.
The 19-year-old believes the win has reminded the Storm how to win away from Olympic Park again after previously recording just one victory from five matches on the road prior to Saturday?s clash with the Eels.
?The win over Parramatta has reminded us that we are capable of winning away from home,? Smith said.
?It wasn?t a great win in the end but the fact we played with a lot of confidence for most of the game was encouraging.?
Melbourne has a perfect 4-0 record at Olympic Park this season and apart from a dramatic come-from-behind win over the Sharks at Toyota Park in round one, has failed to carry its home form on the road.
This year?s second away win has already matched last year?s number of victories outside of Melbourne (2-1-9 record last year).
?Struggling in away games has been more to do with confidence than anything else,? Smith added.
?When we?re at home we have high expectations to play well in front of our home crowd but this year when we?ve travelled we haven?t played our proper style of football.
After beating a dangerous throw charge earlier in the week Smith continued his recent excellent form on Saturday night ? his 47 tackles was reminiscent of former Storm tackling machine Richard Swain.
?I feel a lot more confident with the guys now, it (hooker) is quite a tough position to come into when you?re a young bloke with lots of new faces around you,? the former Junior Kangaroo explained.
?You need to find your timing quickly and I think that is something we?ve sorted out now.?
As both sides traded field-goal attempts in the dying minutes of last week?s nail biter, Smith ? Melbourne?s secondary kicker behind Matt Orford - knew he could be called on to attempt the match-winning kick.
?I would have been happy to take the kick as there was a lot of kick pressure on Matty (Orford) and we have worked out a few things in training.
?Luckily it didn?t come down to that and we got away with the win anyway.?