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With the first 20 rounds of the upcoming NRL season set in stone, Melbourne Storm fans can already pencil in a number of fascinating clashes into their calendars for 2014.

Round 13 Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park

Sunday 8 June, 2014 3:00pm

Melbourne Storm will host 2013 Premiers the Sydney Roosters in Round 13 when the two sides do battle at AAMI Park.

The two proud and successful clubs have shared the spoils over their past 10 matches, with the record standing all square at five wins apiece.

During 2013, Storm only went head-to-head with the eventual premier on one occasion, in which it was victorious 26-18 at Allianz Stadium in Round 11. On that occasion, Storm Captain Cameron Smith led the way with three conversions, two penalty goals and a try, helping his side to the victory.

In the closing stages of the match, Sydney threatened to take the game into extra-time courtesy of a length of the field effort. However Melbournes defence managed to hold off the attack and in doing so, ran out victors recording their eighth win of the season.

Come Round 13 next season, Storm will be hoping they can produce a similar determined performance, leading to another win over Trent Robinsons side.

The match will be the first time Sydney have played in Melbourne since March 2012 with the Sunday afternoon clash giving fans the opportunity to see Roosters stars Sonny Bill Williams, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce face off against Storm.

Whichever way the first contest goes, there will be a chance for redemption for both sides later in the season when they meet again in Round 25 at Allianz Stadium.

Nick is a member of Melbourne Storm writers group. The views expressed in this article are solely of the author and do not reflect the views of Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club.

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