Storm must lift against weaker teams: Smith
While Storm officials deal with the fallout from the weekend's officiating, Cameron Smith says the minds of the playing group have switched to making amends for Saturday's horror loss to the Knights.
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy was scathing in his criticism of referee Ashley Klein after his side was caught on the wrong side of a 7-nil penalty count in the second half in Newcastle.
"Ashley Klein obviously doesn't like the way we play our footy," were Bellamy's words.
Storm football director Frank Ponnissi will meet with NRL referees boss Tony Archer this week, seeking clarification over several decisions that were made.
However perhaps a bigger indictment was on the Storm themselves, as they surrendered a 10-point lead against the Knights with just three minutes to play.
Melbourne conceded 32 points for the match, after conceding just 34 from their previous four games combined.
"We scored 30 points, it should be good enough to win a match," skipper Cameron Smith said.
"But to concede 32, that was the most disappointing thing and that is mostly to do with our attitude towards the match.
"It just goes to show in this competition how tight it is, you just can't relax for a moment because the game can turn on its head and it did the other night."
Smith pointed to a change in mindset between coming up against the competition's best and worst teams.
"You look at the games where we have defended quite well, it has been against the sides that have been in the top three at the moment, Manly, Souths and Penrith," said Smith.
"We need to fix our attitude when we play teams that aren't in the top three."
This week's opponents will give Melbourne their first chance to make amends, with Cronulla sitting last on the ladder.
While the Storm are yet to play the Sharks this season, they have already lost to the other bottom four teams in the Titans, Raiders and Knights – making Saturday's game a danger one.
"That is something we can't afford to think about," said Smith.
"We just need to go out and play as if we are playing against a team that is in the top three.
"When you are preparing for a Manly game or a Souths game you know you need to be up. That is an issue we have this year, we have been beaten by sides below us on the table and it is something we need to fix this week."
Melbourne takes on Cronulla at 5.30pm on Saturday at AAMI Park.