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Some of the Warriors' proudest moments have come while playing against the Storm, and blockbusting winger Manu Vatuvei is desperate to add to that collection on Friday.

Less than three years ago the New Zealand club went to AAMI Park and qualified for their second NRL Grand Final, but now they are seeking a win to help drag themselves off the bottom of the ladder.

If that isn't enough to get them going, there is the added factor of the game being played on Anzac Day and the Michael Moore Trophy, which commemorates the late Storm manager, being up for grabs. 

"There are a lot of memories there, I want to make more for the boys and the club," Vatuvei told

"All the boys look forward to playing Melbourne. Everyone knows we have good games against them, hopefully we can put on a show on Friday.

"It is in memory of the men who went out there and fought for our countries, they sacrificed themselves to give us freedom and we want to go out there and do our best."

Through the opening seven rounds the Storm have looked nothing like the team we have come to know in the past decade.

The two-time premiers would be fuming after they let victory slip from their grasp against the Raiders last week, and find themselves in unfamiliar territory down in ninth place.

The Warriors too come off a disappointing last-start loss, going down 20-10 against the Dragons, but are full of belief given their past exploits against Melbourne.

The New Zealand club has won two finals matches in the Victorian capital and have a 42 per cent winning rate against the Storm.

From 33 clashes against Melbourne they have taken the two points on 14 occasions, while the sides have drawn twice in their 16-year history against each other.

Those numbers stand up among the best for any team coming up against Craig Bellamy's men, and have served as big motivation this week according to Vatuvei.

"We just wish that we got up like this every week – it is always one we look forward to," Vatuvei said.

"They are a tough team, they push through the hard times and they are a team everyone looks up to and wants to win against."

On a personal note 'The Beast' is sure to have a busy day, marking up on the in-form Sisa Waqa who has seven tries in as many games so far this year.

"Sisa has been playing really well and is another guy we need to watch," said Vatuvei, who credits an injury-free body for his own positive start to the year, averaging a line break and 124 metres per game.

"I still have my little niggles here and there, but it's about me looking after it and being smart at training.

"I am more mature now and know what I have to do to look after myself."

Now in his 10th season as an NRL player, Vatuvei is growing as an NRL Fantasy option this year too, with a 32-point average and a huge 50-point haul last Saturday. 

The last time the Warriors triumphed at AAMI Park was the 2011 preliminary final, where they claimed an upset 20-12. Only six Warriors players from the squad remain for the latest instalment, while Dane Nielsen, who will line up at left centre this week for the New Zealanders, played for the Storm that day.

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