The Melbourne Storm is known to be one of the hardest working and tightest drilled outfits in the National Rugby League.
Front rower, Tohu Harris is one of the Storm’s key performers and hails the training plan set out by head coach, Craig Bellamy. Comprising ball skills and work on stamina, throughout pre-season and the beginning of the NRL Premiership, the regime laid out by the Storm coach has worked wonders for the squad.
“During the beginning of the season, it’s a bit of both, particularly ball skills under fatigue,” Harris said.
Harris stated there is also a continual focus on cardio at the Storm, with the aim of building up stamina for high impact games.
“We do a lot of running at the Storm, but we’ve got to be able to still keep our skill level high,” he said. “In games, when you’re doing it tough you’ve still got to be able to execute certain plays.”
This does eventually shift throughout the season as the toll of games begins to weigh on the players.
“The volume of training is a lot less,” he said. “Every training session whether it’s in season or end of season, the intensity is real high”
The training however is intense for a reason, as Harris revealed his head coach’s intentions on the training pitch.
“Craig [Bellamy] says to us ‘you train how you play’, so we always try to keep our intensity at a high level,” he said.