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Storm use Warriors to plan for Knights

Melissa Woods 29/04/2011 05:47:05 PM Comments (0)

While it's not a performance they care to remember, Melbourne believe their loss to the Warriors has prepared them well for Saturday night's NRL clash with Newcastle.

They were beaten 18-14 by the Warriors on Monday night, only their second loss of the year and first at home, let down by uncharacteristic errors.

Storm forward Ryan Hinchcliffe says the Warriors and seventh-placed Knights play similar football, using their fearsome forwards to make ground up the middle so Melbourne are well aware of what to expect.

"They're very similar to the Warriors, they play a similar game, so we're going to have to be on our game" Hinchcliffe said on match eve.

"Throw in Jarrod Mullen and Kurt Gidley, they're quite a hard team so we know we're in for a hard contest and we're preparing for that."

He said all Melbourne players from the Warriors contest had recovered well despite the five-day turnaround and would be available for the match.

Knights coach Rick Stone predicted the Storm's loss to the Warriors would take its toll physically and mentally, while confidence levels in Newcastle were high after their second-half rout of the Raiders in Canberra.

However Hinchcliffe compartmentalised the Warriors defeat into a poor 20 minutes and said the side had moved on and was feeling upbeat.

"We realise we played 20 minutes in that game where we lacked a bit of commitment and they scored some points ... we're still confident in where we're at," he explained.

"We're still a work in progress and we're building slowly."

He said the team was ready for any aerial assault, with Stone hinting they planned to repeat the Warriors tactics that reaped two of their tries.

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