It was a rather uncharacteristic and turbulent time for the club, one that was immediately rectified with a resounding win over the Penrith Panthers – but for Melbourne Storm prop Jason Ryles, he had seen a similar mini-slide, and saw no reason to immediately panic.
Ryles experienced a similar slide to the one that Melbourne did, when his former club the St George Illawarra Dragons lost 4 straight games in 2005, only to just miss out on the minor premiership, due to points differential.
“I knew we would be fine,” said Ryles.
“It sounds cliched but we just had to get back to playing basics and playing to our strengths rather than playing too pretty.
“You can’t be up all season as much as you want to be.”
Ryles, who only recently re-signed to stay at the Storm for another season, said that the Storm’s nine-game unbeaten run to start the season, was more of a shock to him. .
“After four or five I was saying `How good’s this’, but everyone’s like, `This is normal’.
“It’s not normal, it’s unreal.”