Kearney won’t be using short turnaround as an excuse ahead of Storm showdown


New Zealand Warriors coach Stephen Kearney won’t be using a short turnaround if his team goes down to the Melbourne Storm tonight in Auckland.

The Warriors scratched to a tight win over wooden spooners Newcastle last Sunday. Melbourne have had a full week to prepare for their round two clash.

“It is a bit challenging but sometimes that’s a good thing, too,” Kearney said.

“Sometimes when you’ve got too much time to think about the opposition and what you’ve got to do on the weekend in terms of your performance that can be a bit of a hindrance.

“So [we’re] looking forward to it.”

Recruit Kieran Foran is still weeks away from a debut but the coach is only focused on the Storm.

“You just know when you come up against Melbourne that you’ve got to play well to get the result” he said.

“They’re not going to give you a great deal so we definitely need to improve but I’m really excited about the contest.”

Kearney is a legend of both clubs winning a premiership with the Storm in 1999 before beginning his coaching apprenticeship under Storm mentor Craig Bellamy.

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