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Melbourne Storm pack “the best in the comp” according to Jacks

“Now that Tim is out with his thumb hopefully Dale can come back in and take his spot, we have been away for the last four days so we will see how Dale is at training.

“It would be good to have Dale back.”

Winger Suliasi Vunivalu could also come back into the side after a minor hamstring problem kept him out of the Anzac Day game while centre Curtis Scott is not expected to play against the Dragons after hurting his ankle in the Anzac night win.

The Storm made the most of their four-day break following their 50-10 win over New Zealand Warriors on Anzac Day and Jacks said his side were refreshed and ready to keep notching wins.

A hallmark of the past three wins have been rapid fire starts where the Storm establish a lead through early tries.

“We have got to keep that start that we have had the last three weeks and keep playing our style of footy,” Jacks said.

Melbourne Storm's Ryley Jacks is keeping things simple.

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“If Dragons want to do some different stuff in defence and try to stop us then we will adapt to that as well.

“We just have worry about ourselves and keep doing what we have been doing the past three weeks.”

Jacks has only been in the halfback role for the past three weeks after beginning the season in reserve grade and he believes he has made big strides in that time.

But with the Dragons boasting star halves Ben Hunt and Gareth Widdop, defence will be front of mind as the Storm look to take down the early premiership fancies.

“Their halves are playing unreal at the moment and their attack is probably the best in the comp so our defence will definitely have to be on this weekend,” Jacks said.

“A big focus for us is definitely our defence.”

Injuries are rarely a laughing matter to professional athletes but Jacks did admit seeing some humour in good mates Finucane and Glasby both doing thumb injuries within a few weeks of each other.

He ruled out school yard type “thumb wars” as a cause of the injuries.

“Its just one of those flukey things that happen,” Jacks said with a laugh.

“Those two are pretty close so its pretty funny they have both done thumb injuries, we might all have to start strapping our thumbs.”

Melbourne Storm play St George-Illawarra Dragons at Jubilee Oval on Sunday at 2pm.

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Roy Ward

Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.

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