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The Melbourne Storm has moved into prime-time with the Nine Network announcing live Melbourne coverage of the Preliminary Final against the New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on Saturday from 7:30pm.

The Minor Premiers have won plenty of respect in Melbourne through their return to the finals race and Nine’s announcement today is a further vote of confidence in the club’s Melbourne following.

“The action in the Telstra Premiership Finals so far has been breathtaking,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.

“Anyone with the slightest appreciation of sport could not help but be impressed at the skills that have been on display and I think there is a real opportunity for Melbourne viewers to get behind the Storm.

“Melbourne have done an amazing job of rebuilding in 2011 and have earned the recognition of people across the game on their way to this point in the competition.

“We are at a stage in the Telstra Premiership where it is down to teams from three states and two countries and that  creates a pretty special rivalry all of its own.”