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Ryan Hinchcliffe will bring up 150 NRL games in Melbourne's season opener against the Dragons.

According to the NRL ladder, the Storm's clash with the Sea Eagles is a battle of the NRL's best against the worst – but don't expect the competition frontrunners to be caught off guard.

Melbourne will host archrivals Manly in Saturday's Anzac Day clash in front of what is expected to be a huge crowd at AAMI Park.

The past three matches between the sides have been decided by three points or less, making this grudge much a lot closer proposition than the teams' ladder positions suggest.

With Manly arriving with Daly Cherry-Evans and a returning Kieran Foran in their midst, the Storm are well aware they will need to be at their best once again.

"Big game, huge game for us," Ryan Hinchcliffe told

"Although they (Manly) haven't won a lot of games this year they always play their best footy against us so that is something we are prepared for that's for sure."

Saturday will mark the seventh time Melbourne has hosted a game on Anzac Day, with the club fully aware that such a game is something special.

"For us as players it is a real privilege to go out and play a game of sport on such a special day," Hinchcliffe said.

"It is an honour to play on that day, it is just about going out there and representing the spirit that the Anzacs fought with. We are just playing a game of sport but if we can honour them in that way that would be nice."

Melbourne will host Manly at 6pm Saturday at AAMI Park.

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