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Five points clear inside the NRL’s top two is a good place to be at this time of year but now Melbourne is determined to make the most of it.

Monday night’s loss to the Raiders was only Storm’s second blemish in the last 16 weeks.

The side’s strong form this year sees the Club on top of the ladder with three games left to go until finals.

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It is the best position Storm have been in at this stage of a season since 2011. The challenge is now to make sure that opportunity does not go to waste.

“We want to take advantage of where we are at,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy said.

“The guys have done a great job to get us into the position we are but unless you take advantage of that and perform well it probably won’t mean much.

“It doesn’t mean winning or losing, it’s about performing well and doing a good job for the rest of the year.”

Melbourne need to win just one of their remaining three games to secure a top two finish however with tough tests against Manly, Brisbane and Cronulla, there is no certainty.

Saturday’s trip to Brookvale Oval is one Storm know well, having played out several memorable clashes there against the Sea Eagles.

Melbourne has opted to stay in Coogee for the week as a way to combat the effects of the five-day turnaround ahead of the crucial game.

“We’d like to finish in the top two but that is not a done deal yet. We need to win another game and hopefully we can win Saturday,” Bellamy said.

“It is a short turnaround, that is the reason we are here all week. We didn’t want to go back and have to travel up again.

“We won’t have time to do too much training but hopefully that will freshen us up and we’ll be ready for Saturday night.”

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