I have gone back over our painful 2018 season and noted a couple of things:
1. We were consistently inconsistent
Not a trait we have come to expect from our club but 2018 saw varied Storm performances with less confidence each week that as a fan, you knew which Storm team was going to show up.
12 Wins by 13+
5 Wins by 2 points or less (4 games by a single point)
3 Losses by 13+
3 Losses by 3 points or less
Between Rounds 12-20 we won 8 games straight. Outside of that streak, we were hot and cold all year - win one or two, lose one.
2. We seemed complacent after big wins...
Beat the Cowboys by 16... Next week, lose to the Sharks by 10
Smash the Warriors by 40... Next week, lose to the Dragons by 20
Beat the Titans by 14... Next week, lose to the Sea Eagles by 20
Smash the Raiders by 34... Next week, lose to the Rabbitohs by 10
3. We struggled against the other Top 4 teams
This one was obvious and readily noticed throughout the year. With the exception of the Prelim Final win over the Sharks, these were the results in 2018;
Vs Sharks in Syd - Lost by 10
Vs Roosters in Adl - Won by 1
Vs Rabbitohs in Syd - Lost by 10
Vs Sharks in Mel - Lost by 4
Vs Souths in Mel - Won by 1
Two 1 point wins and three losses.