Addo-Carr stares down eye of the Tiger ahead of Wests clash

“It was crazy walking into the enclosure here, it was a great experience, I was watching my back the whole time,” Addo-Carr said with a wide smile.

“I went out the back there to give a bit of milk to the tiger and as soon as I looked away she grabbed the syringe and started growling at me and roaring at me.

“It was a scary sight but an absolute pleasure to do it.”

The Storm showed similar hunger in their 64-10 thrashing of Parramatta Eels on Saturday night and Addo-Carr had two tries. He said that performance showed what his side can do when retaining the ball and defending well.

“It was a crazy win against the Eels, it just goes to show if we hold the ball we can destroy any team. It’s all about moving on now,” Addo-Carr said.

“We haven’t been too good over the last few weeks but it goes to show if we stick to the game plan and hold the ball and kick to corners it’ll go a long way to winning the game.”

The Storm have been forced into at least two changes this week, with fullback Jahrome Hughes (concussion) ruled out for the Tigers game and centre Curtis Scott (foot) expected to miss several months after going down injured.

Josh Addo-Carr scores one of his two tries in Melbourne’s demolition of Parramatta on Saturday.Credit:AAP

Scott ran for 262 metres and scored a solo try before landing awkwardly on his foot and going to ground. He was dropped from the side two weeks ago but earned his recall at training before dominating Saturday’s game.

“I’m really close with Curtis Scott and he’s a bit down at the moment, but I said this stuff happens and you’ve got to wear it,” Addo-Carr said.

“He’ll come back better and there’s no doubt he will, he’s that type of person, to come back even better. He was playing out of his skin at the weekend, it’s good to see him happy again.

“Over the last couple of weeks he wasn’t playing too confidently. I believe if you’re not happy off the field you’re not going to play good. He’s obviously overcome that and it’s good to see that he’s happy again and enjoying playing football again.”

The Storm know they can’t take the Tigers for granted, as they sit in sixth place and thrashed Penrith Panthers 30-4 last round.

The Storm are expected to put exciting youngster Ryan Papenhuyzen into fullback this week after he starred in the role after Hughes was knocked out of Saturday’s game.

Papenhuyzen has also shown he has elite level speed, but when asked whether the young fullback had him covered, Addo-Carr played coy.

“No comment,” he said, laughing.

“He’s got a bit of toe but I don’t know.”

The Storm host Wests Tigers at AAMI Park on Thursday at 7.50pm.

Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.

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