"I thought there were some harsh calls, but they didn't cost us the game.
I thought the way Smith kicked put a lot of pressure on us early. Their last plays brought us undone tonight".
When quizzed about refereeing decisions costing his side a sixth straight victory, Trent Robinson was adamant that it was his side and not the officials who dictated the result.
"In the end, I think they were errors, but we have to defend them. We let the tries in on the end of it. We pride ourselves on defence, but we made the errors to let them score".
Both sides will be undoubtedly sore after a bruising affair that saw Queensland halfback Cooper Cronk put on report for a 60th minute lifting tackle.
The 26-18 result brings the Roosters back to earth after a dream five weeks, but Robinson thinks there are positives to be had.
"That's the most I've learnt out of a game in a long time. We need to improve for our next game agent Parramatta and put stuff in the memory bank for the next time we play Melbourne".
Skipper Anthony Minichiello conceded that the better team won, but laments allowing the Storm to score a crucial try on the half time siren.
"We came in at half time and were pretty positive, but we were obviously disappointed to concede that late try".
Robinson believes the defending premiers were able to pull out set plays in the crucial moments thanks to years of combinations in key positions.
"Teams that have been together a long time have a bank of plays that they can adapt in different times of the game. We don't have that luxury yet".
And with the State of Origin period looming, the coach is keen for new players to step up with at least three players set to be named in the NSW side.
"We've got some guys, obviously Mortimer, and they'll need to work hard on controlling our team. Samisoni Langi will get an opportunity to train hard with those guys in place.
It'll be interesting to see how those guys come back after this tough period".
Next week's bye couldn't have come at a better time for the side after a number of physical encounters against quality opposition.
The side will look to return to winning ways when they next face the Parramatta Eels on June 7.