Jesse Bromwich speaks to the media ahead of Magic Round. Photo: Melbourne Storm

Jesse Bromwich says both he and co-captain Dale Finucane are finding their feet as captains ahead of the 2021 Magic Round in Brisbane.

Melbourne Storm co-captain Jesse Bromwich says that there is work to be done on field with his partner Dale Finucane to ensure their side continues its current form.

Bromwich says the Storm is adjusting to not having previous captain – and one of rugby league’s best players of all time – Cameron Smith out on the field taking charge each game.

“On the field we had Smithy there the whole time. He just took care of everything,” Bromwich said.

“I think it’s still a bit of a balance of trying to figure what to say and when to say it.

“Obviously performance is the main goal, just trying to perform well every week and do a few different things at the same time has been a balancing act.”

Off the field, Bromwich says he is more comfortable and is able to take charge.

“Off the field it just comes naturally as one of the older people in the team. I see things and I say things when I feel like I need to.”


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The ladder says something different about Bromwich and Finucane’s partnership on field. Since Finucane’s return from a high-grade ankle tear, the Storm recorded a 42-20 win on Anzac Day, 40-14 win against the Sharks and last week’s 50-0 thumping of the Rabbitohs.

Staying humble, Bromwich said that the winning streak is not his doing, rather than the Storm’s defence doing what they do best.

“The team is going really well, [I’m] Just proud of the effort, especially last week keeping the Souths to zero,” he continued.

“We pride ourselves on our defence, that was as good as it comes (referring to the win over the Rabbitohs) and The Fox (Josh Addo-Carr) scoring six tries was nice to see, everyone loved it.”

This week, the Storm come up against St George Illawarra in Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium. Bromwich is excited about one of the NRL’s biggest events of the season.

“[I’m] really excited, just keen to get up there and get amongst it. It’s a very big weekend on the NRL calendar. We’ve got a couple of new faces in this week, so it’ll be fun.”

Key players Cameron Munster, Brandon Smith and Harry Grant have all been sidelined due to injuries, with the ‘new faces’ of Aaron Pene, Trent Loiero and Dean Ieremia all named on the extended bench, alongside Ryan Papenhuyzen who returns from a shoulder injury.

Bromwich says that the changes to the side this week will make a noticeable difference.

“I think it’s a massive difference, obviously they’ve been a good one-two punch combo for us this year, both playing really good football.”

Melbourne Storm head off to the Sunshine Coast in readiness for their Magic Round clash against the Dragons on Sunday at 4.05pm.

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