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Melbourne Storm forward Tim Glasby.

The Storm aren't panicking just yet.

But after their worst start to a season since 2004 - and only the third time the club has started with a 2-3 win ratio in its history - it's certainly odd to see Melbourne struggling.

In recent weeks the Craig Bellamy-coached side has lost twice to the Wests Tigers by two points or less and struggled to a 14-4 defeat against the Sharks.

Poor discipline with the footy is one issue. Passes hitting the ground and dropped balls are something else.

And as reported by, the Storm's back five are responsible for a glut of handling errors.

They are simple issues but the team are confident they can return to their belligerent best, according to forward Tim Glasby.

"Our completion rate has probably been the biggest issue at the moment," he said.

"We're working hard on it at training and trying to bring a focus on it in games, and will keep doing that. once we get our completion rate, we'll start seeing some better attack flowing from that.

Melbourne Storm prop Tim Glasby.
Melbourne Storm prop Tim Glasby. ©Robb Cox/NRL Photos

"It is a bit unlike us. At the same time, that happens sometimes - starting the season a bit scratchy - we've done it in the past too.

"We're putting a lot of pressure on our defence. Thankfully we are defending pretty well. That's a good positive there and we need to keep doing that, and fix up the other parts as well."

Has the Storm's reign as NRL kings finished? A run of 92 rounds in the top eight stopped, a new halves pairing struggling to gel, forwards getting matched through the middle?

Glasby doesn't think so.

"I think that is a big call to make in round five," he said.

"Our effort has been fantastic over the last few weeks in particular. Our defence has been really pleasing - in the games that we've lost, we've had a total of four tries scored against us, which is promising.

"If we can bring that effort in our defence and fix up our completion rate, then we'll be putting ourselves in good stead."

Rookie halfback Brodie Croft has come under scrutiny for the Storm's lacklustre performances, but the club is also trying to replace senior men like Tohu Harris and Jordan McLean in the forwards.

Are they missing their experience?

Glasby, who will be in the frame for another Origin call-up this year, believes there is no excuse for the team's poor start, but guys like Ryan Hoffman and Nelson Asofa-Solomona have been among their best.

"They are obviously big losses," he said.

"But, we've had a whole pre-season to work together as a team, and we've had five games now as well, plus the trial games and the World Club Challenge. 

"We've had plenty of time for players to step into those positions, and some players have done a really good job there. Ryan Hoffman's doing a good job on that left edge and big Nelson's playing a really good role in that starting front-rowers spot. I don't think it is necessarily a case of we're missing blokes - I think it is we're making mistakes. We need to fix it up."

Our completion rate has probably been the biggest issue at the moment.

Tim Glasby

The Storm playing group take any loss hard. Most of the first-grade side wouldn't have experienced a start like that and Glasby admitted there's been a few glum faces.

"I think it's a bit of a different feeling when you're losing more games than you've won," he said.

"At the same time, at the Storm, we have very high standards, so when we've just lost one game, the morale drops a bit. I don't think it's panic stations yet - we know what is going wrong with our game, which is good.

No football means limited chances to attack too.

Centre Curtis Scott rightfully pointed out that it has a flow-on effect to defence. Attention to detail is the other area that needs focus.

"We like to grind teams out and fatigue them," he said.

"If we're not completing the ball, they're fresh in defence, and we're tired in attack. That's probably the main thing and probably makes it harder for us to score points when the game is stop-start."

Their next chance will be against the improving Knights at AAMI Park on Friday night.

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