Top Five clashes: Storm v Bulldogs
Games between Storm and the Bulldogs over the years have helped build one of the most fiercest rivalries of the modern era.
Be it on the biggest stage or a regular season arm wrestles, when these two teams get together you can expect to see rugby league in its purest form; tough, hard-nosed and unforgiving.
As Melbourne and Canterbury get set to renew hostilities at AAMI Park on Monday night we take a look back at the top five clashes between these two rivals.
5. Round 7, 2012 - Storm 12 def Bulldogs 6
Melbourne had won five of their first six games by double digits to start the 2012 season.
They fell behind early thought against Canterbury before Ryan Hinchcliffe leveled scores before the break.
Ryan Hoffman put Storm in front three minutes after the restart and from there it would be a defensive performance for the ages.
The Bulldogs threw absolutely everything at the Storm line but the men in purple simply could not be moved.
The visitors were able to march 90 metres up field in the final two minutes but some desperate Billy Slater heroics in defence secured the two points.
The win improved Storm’s record to 7-0, equaling the Club’s best ever start to a season and their defence performance on this night would prove a premonition for what was to come later that season.