Defensive effort must get better, says Bellamy

APART from worrying about a backlash from discarded Englishman Gareth Widdop (pictured), Melbourne will have to find a way to plug its leaky defence against St-George Illawarra tonight.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy will have laid the law down to his players who have given up a disturbing 88 points in the past three NRL games, including 28 points last weekend in losing to the Gold Coast at home, and 40 the previous week against the Bulldogs.

"We are nowhere near where we expect to be, and (defence is) something we've worked really hard on," Bellamy said in reference to the 128 points the club has conceded in five games this season.

Widdop's return to AAMI Park adds a lot of interest to the clash, with former Storm teammate Ryan Hoffman saying it was no surprise to see the Englishman playing a starring role for the Dragons.

"He was a fantastic player with us and it is certainly no surprise to us he has flourished in his role up there," Hoffman said.

After winning their first three games, the Dragons' form has slipped with losses to Brisbane (36-20) and South Sydney (26-6).