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Storm promise more pain in future

Melissa Woods 11/04/2011 03:26:05 PM Comments (0)

After two crushing wins, Melbourne have sounded a chilling warning to their NRL rivals that they are only going to get better.

The Storm hopelessly outclassed Parramatta 38-0 on Sunday, which followed an emphatic victory over the Bulldogs the previous round.

There were question marks over how the Storm would travel this season with more than a dozen new faces after losing the likes of Greg Inglis, Ryan Hoffman, Brett White and Brett Finch.

The answer appears to be they're going first-class.

Stars such as Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk are playing at their peak while the young brigade, including Matt Duffie, Gareth Widdop and Kevin Proctor, are doing their best to match them.

Even seasoned veterans such as Beau Champion, Adam Woolnough and Troy Thompson who joined the club this year are also impressing.

But coach Craig Bellamy said there was plenty of room for improvement.

"We're still learning about each other," he said.

"We know what Cameron, Billy, Cooper and Blairy (Adam Blair) are going to give us but some of those new guys to the club and the young guys coming through, we're still not sure what they're capable of.

"They're doing some really good things at the moment and there's a couple of areas we certainly need to improve in as well.

"We want to find out what everyone is capable of and make sure we're playing to the strengths of the individuals so that we can be the best team we can be ... that's still a work in progress."

Bellamy pointed to one area that the 2011 was yet to impress - playing away from the "Fortress", that AAMI Park has become.

The Storm need a strong start because they play nine of the first 14 rounds at home.

In their only away match so far this season they were, in their own words, "embarrassing" when soundly beaten by North Queensland.

"We've had five games and we've been very good at home but we haven't been so good away so that's a challenge within itself," Bellamy said.

They will get another chance next round, up against the Panthers in Penrith next Sunday afternoon.

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