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5 days ago
Storm coach mark Murray is finding it hard to explain why his side continues to struggle against lower placed teams away from Olympic Park.
The Storm is 1-1-6 on the road this season after a disappointing loss to Penrith over the weekend and Murray believes the only explanation is complacency.
“It is very difficult to nail down why we have struggled away this year,” explained Murray.
“Our attitude always seems pretty good throughout the week but I think again complacency got us against the Panthers.
“Coming off the Roosters game leading up to the Panthers match we were quite positive and then we had the bye, but I don't think it was the bye or anything in particular…we just seem to be at our worst when we're away and playing sides below us on the table.”
Murray is optimistic the Storm can turn its form around in time for the Broncos this Saturday at Olympic Park (3pm), a game that has taken on even greater importance for Melbourne as it aims to regain a place in the top eight.
“They are in good form they're a great side the Broncos but over our history we've had good results against Brisbane so traditionally we rise to the challenge and I'm expecting us to do that again,” said Murray referring to the 4-1-3 record Melbourne holds over Brisbane.
“We will pull together with this game in mind and hopefully put the form on the board that we know we're capable of. We will need to be at our best defensively and with the ball against a side like the Broncos.”
The Storm reported no injuries from the Penrith match.
Prop Robbie Kearns will have surgery on his left ankle this Friday and obviously is not expected to return for the remainder of the season.
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