Manly coach Geoff Toovey says his team need to find a way to play like they’re playing Melbourne every time they take the field.
The Sea Eagles are running last in the NRL with only two wins, but both have come against the competition-leading Storm.
They got their second in Melbourne with a come from behind 12-10 win over the Storm in their Anzac day match at AAMI Park.
Toovey said his team always lifted to play against the Storm, with the clubs sharing a fierce long-time rivalry.
“It’s a good rivalry there with Melbourne and that probably brings the best out in the players,” Toovey said.
“We have to try to somehow manufacture that for when we play again.”
Toovey wasn’t getting carried away that the gutsy win was the panacea to his team’s problems.
He did laud an improved defensive effort and better ball control
“Consistency is very important,” Toovey said.
“They’ve set a level and we need to match it every week.”
Storm skipper Cameron Smith said the Sea Eagles were a much better team than their lowly ladder position suggested.
“We didn’t have any thoughts about playing the last-placed team heading into the game,” Smith said.
“They’d won one match heading into the game and that was against us and they’ve done it again.
“They’ve been right in games all year … you can never write off a champion side and maybe this win might spark them up again.”
Souring the win for Manly was a likely season-ending injury to second-rower Jamie Buhrer.
“The initial news isn’t great and the prognosis is that he will be gone for the year,” Toovey said.
“It looks like he’s done his other cruciate so it’s very bad news for him and the team.
“He was outstanding and was having a great game.”
Manly had Steve Matai and captain Brett Stewart both put on report for alleged high tackles.
“I couldn’t even figure out what they were for,” Toovey said.