Storm captain Cameron Smith says ladder position has no bearing on NRL games, following his side's second loss of the season against Manly.
Manly break their Melbourne duck and defy their defensive record but suffer another brutal injury blow as the Storm rue the one that got away.
The Sea Eagles have made it two from two this season over arch rivals the Storm, recording just their second win of the year in Melbourne on Anzac Day.
It may be a battle of the league leaders against the cellar dwellers, but the Storm know they face tough test against rivals Manly on Saturday.
Former Storm prop and 2012 premiership-winner Bryan Norrie says it's "scary" to think how good his old front-row partner Jesse Bromwich can get.
Manly got the wood over Melbourne earlier this year but with the two sides now at the opposite ends of the ladder it could be a different story this time.
Storm halfback Cooper Cronk has left town, adding fuel to the fire that he is in doubt of Saturday's home ANZAC Day clash with Manly.
Cooper Cronk could be out, while Billy Slater could be back – that is the news out of Melbourne heading into Saturday's Anzac Day clash with arch rivals Manly.
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In preparation for their Anzac Day clash with Manly, the Storm playing group visited Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance on Monday.