2014 Key games - Round 8 v Warriors

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 8 Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park

Friday 25 April, 2014 6:00pm

The now traditional ANZAC Day clash between Storm and the Warriors is back in 2014 and will once again be one of the marquee fixtures on the NRL calendar.

Melbourne and the Warriors have shared some memorable matches over previous years and this Round 8 clash in 2014 promises to be another fascinating one.



Ryan Hoffman tries to bring down Shaun Johnson in Round 7, 2013.

Over the previous two seasons the spoils have been shared between the two sides with each winning two out of the last four encounters.

Adding to the intrigue next season will be the one on one battle between fullbacks Billy Slater and Sam Tomkins. The two international number ones took on each other at the recent World Cup and will be able to do so once again in Round 8 as Tomkins embarks on his first NRL season with the Warriors.

2014 will be the first season since 2003 that Melbourne have only faced the Warriors on one occasion.

Last five meetings

Round 20, 2013 Warriors 30 defeated Melbourne Storm 22 at Mt Smart Stadium

Round 7, 2013 Melbourne Storm 28 defeated Warriors 18 at AAMI Park

Round 13, 2012 Warriors 12 defeated by Melbourne Storm 22 at Mt Smart Stadium

Round 8, 2012 Melbourne Storm 32 defeated by Warriors 14 at AAMI Park

Preliminary Final 2011 Melbourne Storm 12 defeated by Warriors 20 at AAMI Park

WATCH the highlights from Storm's win over the Warriors in Round 7, 2013 at AAMI Park here.



Mahe Fonua is stopped by the Warriors defence in Round 7, 2013.