With Melbourne losing two games in a row and losing more than 30 points in a row, Paul Galen has raised a huge question mark.
“Are we finally starting to see them come back in the pack?” Dr. on the former shark captain Nine 100% feet.
Storm was without megastar fullback Ryan Papenhuen and top-rated halfback Jahrom Hughes for their last two games, as well as gun prop Nelson Asofa-Salomona in their recent outings.
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The NRL powerhouse is also being hampered by the long-term injuries of co-captains Christian Welch, center-back George Jennings and winger Reims Smith.
But injuries after losses to Penrith and North Queensland did not deter Galen from expressing his doubts about Melbourne’s premiership credentials.
“When (Cooper) Crank left, then (Billy) Slater left, then (Cameron) Smith left, we thought, ‘Well, they’ll be back in the pack.’ They’re just continuing, to be honest. Galen says.
“But have they finally started hitting the wall?
“It was like very non-Melbourne (against the Cowboys).
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“Usually they have no excuses. The team that comes in – they have tremendous resilience. It doesn’t matter who is out; they come and perform.
“It’s like un-Melbourne to have 30-odd points on you for two weeks straight. Very, very non-Melbourne.”
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Storm completed at 65 percent and the Panthers had 51 missed tackles in the 32-6 defeat in the Magic Round, before completing 64 percent and the Cowboys missed 32 tackles at 36-6.
Mystery surrounds how the reborn cowboys will cope with the storm but, led by Chad Townsend and inspired by the exceptional young talent in front and behind them, North Queensland easily moves to Melbourne.
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The storm was weakened by the departure of Josh Ado-Carr at the end of last season, who set off for the Bulldogs, and Nico Hynes and Del Finuken, who joined the Sharks.
“No matter which jersey they put their foot on, they have the mentality of the next player,” Galen said.
“He just comes, does his job, performs to the best of his ability, does his job for the team and doesn’t disappoint anyone. It’s not happening right now. We can’t see it in Melbourne. That moment, which is not like Melbourne.”
The storm will meet the Sea Eagle in Melbourne on Thursday night.
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