Storm searching for consistency

Melbourne Storm has been told to avoid poor patches of play or suffer the consequences against Newcastle at AAMI Park on Monday night.

The undefeated Storm faces the Knights in its first Monday game of the season with the visitors desperate to notch their first win of 2014.

Storm lock Ryan Hinchcliffe wants his side to avoid fading out of the match, especially as the club still has strong memories of its loss to the Knights in last year's NRL finals.

"We can't drift out of games too much," Hinchcliffe said.

"There has been patches like the start of the Manly game where we were under the pump then were good for 60 minutes.

"Last weekend we started well then let them dictate terms for 30 or 40 minutes and made it hard for ourselves.

"We are looking for that consistent effort; that is what we are searching for."

The Storm have named an unchanged side to face the Knights and Hinchcliffe admits no opponent has truly punished the Storm during their bad patches of play.

"No they haven't but we haven't had huge lapses, sometimes it has just been a couple of errors," Hinchcliffe said.

"It's just about making sure you can defend those errors and that is something we have been able to do quite well.

"We have to make sure we can handle the pill and play out the match."

Some commentators have questioned whether the Storm's young forward pack can handle the bigger veterans in the Knights' pack – players like Willie Mason or Beau Scott.

Hinchcliffe said it would be a key area in the match.

"The backs won't like to admit it but most games are won between the forward packs," he said.

"They have a really, strong experienced forward pack but we feel like we are up to the challenge.

"Our forward pack has been going along quite well; we are looking forward to playing."

The Storm have a hectic week ahead with the Knights on Monday night then an especially short training schedule with the team flying to Western Australia on Thursday before their game against Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Perth on Saturday night.

Most of the Storm side have made it clear they would prefer to play on weekends but  Hinchcliffe said: "For us it's just another game – we have to go out and play whether it's Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday."

Hinchcliffe also tipped newly re-signed front rower Jesse Bromwich would continue his excellent form.

"If he isn't the best front-rower in the competition I reckon he is pretty close,"  he said.

"He is a huge re-signing for the club and he has been outstanding these first two weeks. The challenge for him is to keep it going."

The Storm host the Knights at AAMI Park on Monday night at 7 o'clock.

The club is offering two tickets for the price of one to draw more supporters to the match.

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