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Melbourne Storm stars open up on the unflinching standards which fuel their stunning success

via Joel Gould

When forward Felise Kaufusi describes a Melbourne loss as "like someone had just died", you begin to understand why the Storm doesn’t lose very often.

Ahead of their preliminary final showdown with the Penrith Panthers on Saturday night, Kaufusi and co-captain Jesse Bromwich have provided insight into why losing a football game is taken very seriously at the Storm.

No surprise, considering they’ve lost just three games all year, including Kaufusi’s 150th NRL game in the 22-10 loss to the Eels when they were chasing a history-making 20 wins in a row.

"Even losing a regular game, it feels like somebody has died around the club … and it’s only a bloody game," Kaufusi said.

"We train that hard and set the standards so high.

"I don‘t know, maybe we take it to heart a bit more. After that milestone game against the Eels, it felt like someone had dead set died in the changeroom afterwards."

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