A hectic travel schedule has made it "impossible" for the Storm to fully prepare for their Round 2 game against Manly, says Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy.
For nearly a decade the Melbourne side has ranked in the top three for fewest points conceded, dating back to 2005. That side appears back after Round 1.
One of the fiercest rivalries in rugby league over the past decade is reunited when the Sea Eagles host the Storm at Brookvale Oval.
He wasn't supposed to be spotted in a Melbourne jumper for at least a month but Cameron Smith somehow managed a strong 80-minute performance on Monday night.
A Queenslander through and through, Storm forward Tim Glasby said he has no regrets over reneging on a move to play with North Queensland.
After the Melbourne Storm defeated the Dragons in a scrappy start to both teams' seasons, here are a few things you can bank on heading into Round 2.
An ankle injury to fullback Josh Dugan has compounded the Dragons woes after they were beaten by Melbourne Storm in a scrappy game of football at Jubilee Oval.
They may have lost a club great in Ryan Hoffman, but the Melbourne Storm have a fitting replacement on their hands in Kiwis back-rower Tohu Harris.
Melbourne Storm recruit Dale Finucane is happy to relegate teammates to the bench if it means more playing time for the former Bulldogs second-row forward.
As Melbourne begins their season on Monday night against St George Illawarra one favourite son is ready to add another milestone to a longstanding NRL career.