analysis: Why the Melbourne Storm are starting to look like everybody else

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ABC Sport

What’s most telling about how unfamiliar Melbourne are with their surroundings isn’t so much their recent losing streak, it is how they got out of it.

In the glorious years past, a Melbourne Storm team coming off one loss was a dangerous prospect because it had to make furious amends for such a lapse in its usual domination.

A Melbourne Storm team coming off two losses? That was a rare thing, and thus the desire for vengeance was doubled and the possibility of mercy was halved. They would enter the game like a predator, which meant whomever they were facing was prey.

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