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Storm may be two games clear on top of the NRL ladder but that means very little to the men in purple.

They enter this weekend’s representative round with an 8-1 record having defeated the second-placed Dragons 34-22 on Sunday.

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That win gave Melbourne some breathing space, two wins clear of four teams currently locked on 12 premiership points.

However do not expect the foot to come off the pedal anytime soon.

“We certainly played well on the weekend, particularly at the start of the game but there is not a gap between us or anyone else,” Storm prop Tim Glasby said.

“This competition is so close, anyone can beat anyone on their day.

“The Dragons were missing some troops as well so I certainly wouldn’t be reading into a big score line or anything like that.”

Melbourne raced out to a 22-0 lead in Wollongong after scoring four tries inside the opening 25 minutes.

They held that advantage for much of the contest before a Cooper Cronk sin bin saw the Dragons run in four tries in the final 21 minutes.

That second half was a reminder that despite a brilliant start to the year, this team still has plenty of improvement ahead of it.

“We just really need to focus on icing games and finishing strong,” Glasby said.

“That is something we will need to work on in the next few weeks.

“There have been a few times this year that we have got off to a good start and have let some teams in.

“It is just something we need to work on as a team and get better at.”

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