“We just lack a little bit of cohesion when we had the ball. Coming away from your line and in yardage we were quite good but it’s not difficult thing to get the ball and run hard.
“It’s when you are in the midfield and attacking areas that you need to a little shape and game awareness of what we need to do.
“We had guys running to the wrong field position when there is certain areas of the field we wanted to get to and that then throws our whole sequence of attack out.
“We need to have quite a serious look at that and get the thoughts of everyone on the team about why that happened and the reasons for why we played that way early.”
Once again the Storm had a horrible start, conceding an early try to Adam Blair and mixing errors with dropped ball and blown plays.
Bellamy described his side as looking “scattered” in attack.
“We need to change the way we are starting these matches,” Smith said.
“The last four games we have come from behind. We just can’t afford to keep letting the opposition start better than us, have territory and put points on us.”
The Storm have effectively played four marquee games in four weeks with a national television game against Canterbury Bulldogs followed by a road-trip to Townsville to face North Queensland as Smith set a new NRL points record then their Good Friday clash with Sydney Roosters and Anzac Day against the Warriors.
Smith agreed his side may need a mental and physical refresh and he hoped a few days off over the weekend would do the trick.
Bellamy reduced training demands due to the tight turnaround from Good Friday to Anzac Day.
“You throw in the travel as well and a couple of short turnarounds – I don’t know whether a rest is needed but we have been given a couple of days off and that’s a nice opportunity to get the boys freshened up,” Smith said.
“Let’s hope that Craig doesn’t stick the boot into us when we get back. But it’s a hard competition and you need a balance between being fresh physically and mentally but also having the right amount of preparation.”
Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.