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Teams & Stats: Melbourne v NZ Warriors

Melbourne and the NZ Warriors will know their Grand Finals opponents when they meet in the 2nd semi final to be played at the AAMI Park in Melbourne on Saturday night.
Teams & Stats: Melbourne v NZ Warriors
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Melbourne and the NZ Warriors will know their Grand Finals opponents when they meet in the 2nd semi final to be played at the AAMI Park in Melbourne on Saturday night.

Kick off is at 7.45pm (AEST) or 9.45pm (NZT).

The winner of the clash will advance to the Grand Final where they'll meet the winner of the clash played on the previous night between Manly and Brisbane.

The Warriors overcame disgraceful refereeing and an 18-6 deficit to defeat the Wests Tigers at the SFS last Friday night to come from the finals wilderness to being within one game of appearing in the Grand Final. The Warriors have been in the final four on three occasions in their history in 2002, 2003 and 2008 advancing to the decider in 2002.

Melbourne was shaky in their 18-8 victory against Newcaslte in the opening week of the finals with their victory earning them a week off. The Storm's form in the backend of the season has been ordinary and the week off could have a benefit of getting the players refreshed for the final stretch ahead. It's been an amazing season by the Storm to bounce back after what happened last year.

What will be of interest on Saturday night will be if NRL boss David Gallop will attend after he made comments last week mentioning Storm supporters and terrorists in the same sentence.

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Melbourne Storm
1 Billy Slater, 2 Matt Duffie , 3 Dane Nielsen, 4 Beau Champion , 5 Anthony Quinn, 6 Gareth Widdop, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Cameron Smith [c], 10 Bryan Norrie, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Sika Manu, 13 Todd Lowrie. Subs: 14 Ryan Hinchcliffe, 15 Rory Kostjasyn, 16 Adam Woolnough, 17 Jaiman Lowe, 18 Troy Thompson, 19 Sisa Waqa, 20 Maurice Blair, 21 Atelea Vea (four to be omitted).

New Zealand Warriors
1 Kevin Locke, 2 Bill Tupou, 3 Lewis Brown, 4 Krisnan Inu, 5 Manu Vatuvei, 6 James Maloney, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 Sam Rapira, 9 Aaron Heremaia, 10 Jacob Lillyman, 11 Feleti Mateo, 12 Simon Mannering [c], 13 Micheal Luck. Subs: 14 Lance Hohaia, 15 Russell Packer, 16 Ben Matulino, 17 Elijah Taylor, 20 Steve Rapira (one to be omitted).

Main Referee: Tony Archer
Second Referee: Matt Cecchin
Video Referees: Sean Hampstead, Chris Ward
Sideline Officials: Paul Holland, Dan Eastwood

Prediction:
Matthew O'Neill: Storm by 6

OVERALL:
Total Games: 28
Melbourne Storm wins: 14. [Pts: 592]
New Zealand Warriors wins: 12. [Pts: 409]
Draws: 2

Biggest wins:
Melbourne Storm: 46 pts: 2000 National Rugby League - Round 20 - [View] Sun Jun 18: Storm 56 d. Auckland 10 [Crowd: 13028]
New Zealand Warriors: 16 pts: 2002 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Sat May 25: Storm 12 l. Warriors 28 [Crowd: 8873]

Biggest Crowd: 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Sun: Melbourne Storm 40 d. New Zealand Warriors 6 [Crowd: 23906]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Melbourne Storm: LLWWLWWDLLWLWLWWLWWWLLDWWLLW
New Zealand Warriors: WWLLWLLDWWLWLWLLWLLLWWDLLWWL

Last 10 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sun: New Zealand Warriors 8 l. Melbourne Storm 16 [Crowd: 13362]
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Mon: Melbourne Storm 14 l. New Zealand Warriors 18 [Crowd: 22694]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sat: New Zealand Warriors 13 d. Melbourne Storm 6 [Crowd: 13118]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Sun: Melbourne Storm 40 d. New Zealand Warriors 6 [Crowd: 23906]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Sat: New Zealand Warriors 0 l. Melbourne Storm 30 [Crowd: 14734]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Sat: Melbourne Storm 14 drew New Zealand Warriors 14 [Crowd: 15200]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Finals Week 1 - [View] Sun: Melbourne Storm 15 l. New Zealand Warriors 18 [Crowd: 15193]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Sun: New Zealand Warriors 8 d. Melbourne Storm 6 [Crowd: 8752]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Mon: Melbourne Storm 32 d. New Zealand Warriors 18 [Crowd: 20084]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sun: New Zealand Warriors 2 l. Melbourne Storm 4 [Crowd: 6209]

Overall record at AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC (AUS) Stats:
Melbourne Storm: 21 games, won 17, drawn 0, lost 4.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Finals Week 1 - [View] Sun: Melbourne Storm 18 d. Newcastle Knights 8
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Fri: Melbourne Storm 8 d. St George Illawarra Dragons 6
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sat: Melbourne Storm 26 d. Penrith Panthers 6
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Fri: Melbourne Storm 26 d. Brisbane Broncos 6
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Mon: Melbourne Storm 21 d. Sydney Roosters 4

New Zealand Warriors: 1 games, won 1, drawn 0, lost 0.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Mon: Melbourne Storm 14 l. New Zealand Warriors 18

Head to Head at AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC (AUS) Stats:
Total Games: 1
Melbourne Storm wins: 0. [Pts: 14]
New Zealand Warriors wins: 1. [Pts: 18]
Draws: 0

Last 1 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Mon: Melbourne Storm 14 l. New Zealand Warriors 18 [Crowd: 22694]

Overall record with Tony Archer Stats:
Melbourne Storm: 44 games, won 29, drawn 1, lost 14.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Fri: Melbourne Storm 8 d. St George Illawarra Dragons 6
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Fri: Melbourne Storm 26 d. Brisbane Broncos 6
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sun: New Zealand Warriors 8 l. Melbourne Storm 16
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 5 - [View] Sun: Melbourne Storm 38 d. Parramatta Eels 0
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Mon: North Queensland Cowboys 34 d. Melbourne Storm 6

New Zealand Warriors: 34 games, won 14, drawn 1, lost 19.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Sat: New Zealand Warriors 18 d. North Queensland Cowboys 6
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sun: New Zealand Warriors 8 l. Melbourne Storm 16
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 10 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 16 l. New Zealand Warriors 25
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Sat: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20 d. New Zealand Warriors 10
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Sat: Wests Tigers 20 d. New Zealand Warriors 12

Head to Head with Tony Archer Stats:
Total Games: 4
Melbourne Storm wins: 1.
New Zealand Warriors wins: 2.
Draws: 0

Last 4 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sun: New Zealand Warriors 8 l. Melbourne Storm 16 [Crowd: 13362]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Sat: Melbourne Storm 14 drew New Zealand Warriors 14 [Crowd: 15200]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat: Storm 20 l. Warriors 24 [Crowd: 13477]
2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sun May 2: Warriors 20 d. Storm 14 [Crowd: 9637]

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