Storm out to cement top-four position

WESTERN Storm will aim to consolidate its spot in the top four of the TSL ladder with a win over Hobart City at Aurora Stadium tonight.

The Storm is coming off a commendable win over Burnie at West Park last week, which coach Mitch Hills hoped would be a springboard for the rest of the season.

"If we do things right in the next month or two we can really set up the back end of our season and an assault on finals," he said.

"We thought our pressure and tackling were really good again and that's been a key area for us to start the year.

"We're still tinkering with our forward line structure and our offence and we want to continue to work on that and make sure Aurora is a fortress for us come finals time."

Hills said they had a bit of a look at the new TSL club, which had a nucleus of former North Hobart players plus a few of the better Hobart players thrown in for good measure.

"We expect them to be really competitive and a pretty good outfit," he said.

"They have some quality talls especially forward, which might stretch us, but our defence has been really good and we're hoping to put enough pressure on through the midfield and our backs."

Hills said the absence of ruckman Cody Thorp to suspension would affect their structure but they had been able to cope without him at the start of the season.

"Cody is really important to our structure and allows me and Bart (McCulloch) to spend some time forward but we played the first four games without him so we'll just go back to that and hope it won't be too much of an issue," he said.

Hobart City coach Michael McGregor said his side had been in a position to win every game it had played but lapses had proved costly.

"It is probably the hardest road trip this year playing last year's premiers and they've done well in the Foxtel Cup and are obviously travelling well at the moment," he said.

"We're realistic enough to know it is a pretty tough game playing them at Aurora and they are probably the benchmark of the competition still.

"Until Clarence have played them I would still put them as the side to watch but we also think they are one of the sides we will match up well against.

"We have a fair bit of height ourselves and we think we've travelled well and our two wins have been away wins so it's a tough game for us but we believe we've got a big chance."


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