While Melbourne ultimately fell short in their NRL grand final rematch against the Sydney Roosters, captain Cameron Smith says the NRL loss hasn't dented their confidence.
Before their Anzac Day clash with the Warriors at AAMI Park, Smith is focused on the Storm improving their starts to games after falling behind 20-0 to the Roosters.
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But he feels that a one-point loss to the defending premiers - their first defeat of the season - means they are still travelling well.
"As disappointed as we were with the first half of footy that we played (against the Roosters), we've still started the year well," Smith said.
"We've still lost one game out of the six we've played and there's still a great feeling around the place, and a very confident group too."
Smith didn't assume his usual role as goal-kicker against the Roosters, hampered by a groin issue.
It didn't affect his running game or defence. He played played into golden point time and made 52 tackles.
But the game's point-scoring record holder may again be adding to that tally on Thursday night with the injury continuing to improve.
"It's more about when I'm having to use the full strength of my leg in a kicking action," Smith said.
"We still have one more session on Wednesday morning, so I'll have a kick there and if it feels good I'll be kicking on Thursday."
Melbourne's other injury concern, Brandon Smith, has been cleared of a serious shoulder problem although it's unclear if he will play in the annual Anzac Day fixture.
Brandon Smith said he feared he had a rotator cuff injury and would need surgery, which would sideline him for six months.
"We haven't got a time on it yet so it's a lot better than expected," the 22-year-old Kiwi international said.
"Best case scenario is that I play this week but time will tell, you never know how injuries recover some times."