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Storm proud of other Anzac Day NRL clash

Guy Hand 24/04/2011 03:07:34 PM Comments (0)

It may be Melbourne's other Anzac Day football game, but it's the one that puts the NZ in Anzac.

The Storm's NRL showdown with New Zealand's Warriors at AAMI Park on Monday night comes with the bonus of Kiwi involvement.

And Melbourne's players are keen to ensure their third Anzac Day match becomes an annual event to sit alongside the traditional Essendon-Collingwood AFL clash.

"It's really well balanced. Melbourne bringing the Warriors over and having a fair few Kiwi residents in the city, it's definitely draws a lot of people," Storm winger Anthony Quinn told AAP.

"Hopefully we get good numbers coming over after the AFL game and we keep it in the future.

"I think it's working. If it's not broken, it doesn't need fixing."

Neither do the Storm, off to a whirlwind start in 2011 after being forced to play for no points in 2010 following their salary cap breaches.

Melbourne have rocketed to a 5-1 win-loss record.

Quinn said the Storm were mindful of making a good start to help them through an often difficult representative period and to capitalise on their early run of home games.

Melbourne usually lose a swag of players to State of Origin duties, and have struggled as a result through June and July in previous seasons.

"If we can keep up the form, it will keep us in good stead for the rep season when we're going to lose a fair few players," Quinn said.

"I noticed when the draw came out - the first half was stacked with home games, the second half stacked with away games.

"With our start of the season having so many home games, we've got to try and make sure we get those wins up."

Melbourne are yet to decide whether props Bryan Norrie and Adam Woolnough will play.

Norrie still has soreness from a heavy hit from Penrith's Timana Tahu last week, while Woolnough has a corked leg.

The Warriors, who have a 2-4 record, have recalled halfback Brett Seymour after he was dropped following the club's three successive losses to open the season.

In the corresponding clash last year, the Storm hammered the Warriors 40-6 in their first match after their salary cap rorting was exposed.

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