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Storm won't look too far ahead

Melissa Woods 20/03/2011 01:48:24 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne are looking no further ahead than round three despite their impressive start to the NRL season which has them pegged as a competition favourite.

The Storm backed up after their opening win over Manly with a 40-12 thrashing of the Gold Coast Titans, meaning they've accounted for two top eight teams from 2010 in successive weeks.

Skipper Cameron Smith admitted that two home games was the ideal way to start after last year's hellish season when they were unable to win competition points as part of their salary cap cheating penalties.

"We're pretty confident with the way we're travelling," said the Test hooker.

"But we can't afford to be getting ahead of ourselves, we've had two games at home which is an advantage."

Smith believed things would start to get a lot harder as they played their first away game, against the Cowboys in Townsville on Monday week.

The Cowboys lost their round two match at home against the unbeaten Knights, 34-22.

"We've got a huge test coming up this week against the Cowboys," Smith said.

"It's a pretty big travel plan for us and the Cowboys played well against the Broncos so we're coming up against a very good side.

"It's going to be a big test for us this week to back it up, travelling to Townsville."

New five-eighth Gareth Widdop and second-rower Kevin Proctor were two of Melbourne's standouts against the Titans, proving there's definitely life after the departure of a number of their stars.

Melbourne scored five unanswered first half tries to set up the win, with Billy Slater claiming the club's all-time try-scoring record with a four-pointer in each half.

However their defence was equally as brilliant as they bullied the Titans into submission.

In typical Storm fashion Smith still wasn't satisfied.

"We were pretty disappointed with letting those two tries in at the end ... we would have liked to have had a zero next to the Titans name on the scoreboard," he said.

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