Anzac Day game a 'massive honour': Proctor
Storm second-rower Kevin Proctor is preparing himself for another classic Anzac Day blockbuster against the Warriors on Monday night.
This will be the seventh installment of the historic clash between the two sides, with the Storm edging the record in Anzac Day meetings three wins to two, including the famous draw in the teams' first meeting on this day back in 2009.
"It's a massive honour to play in a big game like this. It means so much to both clubs and both countries, and it's a really special occasion," Proctor said.
"When you listen to the national anthems before the game, it definitely gives you some goose bumps before kick-off."
Proctor is expecting the atmosphere to be electric on Monday night, as he said both sets of supporters add to the brilliant spectacle each year.
"It's always a packed house. It's like the Warriors' second home here, they've got that many supporters, but I'm sure the Storm fans will turn up in force and make the atmosphere unreal," he said.
The two sides have already met in the early weeks of the season, with the Storm running out 21-14 victors over the Warriors in New Zealand just five weeks ago.
Proctor said his side would take some confidence from their Round 3 meeting, but knows that they have to be on their game if they want to come away with the points again.
"I suppose all the boys can take some confidence from that match because they had a full side then, and I hope they do because it'll be tough again on Monday," Proctor said.
"They're kind of like our bogey team, it's always a tough battle against them, and it's always a close game so I'm expecting the same this weekend."
The Warriors will be without star fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck for the remainder of the season after the Kiwi ruptured his ACL against the Bulldogs last weekend.
Not only does Proctor believe it's a blow for the Warriors but as a Kiwi representative himself, the Storm forward is mourning the loss on a national scale.
"It's a huge blow, and a blow for New Zealand as well I think. He's such a great player for them, but I'm sure they'll have some firepower back there in the fullback role as replacement," he said.
"They've got great players all around, especially in the outside backs, so I'm sure whoever they put there will be dangerous."