Coach Justin Holbrook spoke to the media this morning ahead of the Friday night showdown with the Melbourne Storm on the Sunshine Coast. Here are the five big issues Holbrook touched on in the countdown to kick-off.
1. The return of Phil Sami and Brian Kelly from injury
“They’re strike players for us and they can come up with some important plays which we are going to need tomorrow.
“It was a good job the boys did last week but we need those sort of guys back this week and we’ve got them so that gives me some real confidence going into the game.”
2. How to control Melbourne’s big names like Munster and Smith
“We do plenty of homework on them, they’ve been playing a number of years those guys and doing a really good job.”
3. Is it better to get a Storm home game on the Sunshine Coast rather than travelling to Victoria?
“Melbourne are pretty happy being out of there at the moment and at a pretty good spot on the Sunshine Coast, so for us it is still a bit of a hike on the bus but it is better for everyone in the game at the moment that it’s not down there.”
4. How much confidence does the team take from last weeks win against the Warriors?
“It was a terrific win for us as a team last week and an important one that gives us some confidence going into this week’s game and getting some troops back is key as well.
“It was good to get the win last week as a bit of a makeshift side with players playing out of position and it was good to get a win there but to bring Brian Kelly and Phil Sami back in this week is outstanding for us.”
5. Where are the areas of improvement that the side will need to beat Melbourne?
“We just made too many errors again last week and we can’t afford to do that this week.
“Melbourne are too good a side and they won’t give us too many chances and they’re very good at controlling games so we’ve got to improve in that area if we’re going to be a good chance.”