Bursting out of the blocks

Fast starts often hold the key to success.

For the most part Storm have stuck by that, scoring a total of 11 tries during the first 20 minutes of their games this year.

The men in purple had two tries on the board just six minutes into the 2017 season when they took on the Bulldogs in Round 1.

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They made a fast start at home against the Panthers in Round 5 and in their past two away trips have seen the home crowds silenced in the blink of an eye.

Four tries after just 18 minutes stunned Manly and last week’s four-try 25-minute blistering start against the Dragons did much the same.

Head into that game last week, the Dragons had led at half time in seven of their first eight games, by an average margin of 14.6 points.

There is no secret what the focus was for Craig Bellamy and his side last Sunday. Start better than them.

Doubles to dynamic wingers Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr saw to that as Melbourne moved two games clear on top of the NRL ladder.

“We came here under no illusions that St-George were probably the best first half team in the competition,” Billy Slater said.

“I thought that was our best start to the season, both in attack and defence, I thought we put it all together in that first half.”

The exception this season was in Round 4 against Wests Tigers when Storm found themselves trailing 14-0 before turning it around with 22 unanswered points.

Hopefully that game remains an aberration and the team continues to build on their impressive 8-1 start to the season.