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Most hostile rugby league moments live forever and for Jake Trbojevic, there's only one other game he remembers more as a teenager than Manly's grand final win over the Warriors in 2011.

The Battle of Brookvale.

Trbojevic was a 17-year-old rising junior who sat in the Brookvale crowd on August 26, 2011 when a blockbuster NRL clash between the Sea Eagles and Storm turned ugly in scenes unlikely to ever be replicated.

Sea Eagles lock Glenn Stewart and Storm forward Adam Blair were sent to the sin bin midway through the first half for their roles in a fight.

The pair then stopped and traded blows on their way to the sheds on the sideline in an incident that sparked a melee. 

After the dust settled on the fight, Stewart and Blair were subsequently sent off for the rest of the match.

Sea Eagles v Storm - Round 25, 2011

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The spiteful 18-4 win to Manly was in the headlines for days with a total of 10 players suspended and two club officials cited for their roles in the all-in encounter.

It was the peak between the two clubs with tension since simmering in recent times.

"I don't remember all of it but it was a pretty intense night, the energy in the crowd was crazy," Trbojevic said on Wednesday.

"They had a great rivalry during that era when Des was coach previously. You see the highlights a fair bit.

"They played in so many grand finals and were two good sides who always went at it.

"It was good to watch growing up in the area. I was a bit young, I just loved the game. I just loved the rivalry."

At the time there was genuine dislike from the players but great respect as well

Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran

Sea Eagles veteran Kieran Foran remembers the occasion more vividly.

Foran served a one-match ban for contrary conduct with both clubs also copping a $50,000 fine from the NRL for bringing the game into disrepute.

Along with Daly Cherry-Evans, the pair are the only current players left from both sides who took part in the match.

Coaches Des Hasler and Craig Bellamy remain - albeit Hasler returned after a stint with Canterbury.

"You never forget a game like that," Foran said.

"I think it just summed up the rivalry at that time between Manly and Melbourne. It started a few years before I came into the first-grade side in 2009.

"The lads had played in a couple of grand finals before that in 2007 and 2008. They were just two great sides at their peak.

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"When you get two great sides competing for the premiership every year it's going to breed a great rivalry.

"At the time there was genuine dislike from the players but great respect as well. I think the clubs lived on that rivalry and it built over the years."

Foran, however, said the level of hatred between the two clubs had settled as the years went on with players either retiring or departing both clubs.

"I think the context of the game has completely changed," he said.

"Players interact a lot more either through social media or seeing each other a lot more.

"A lot of players in the game are mates now, that's probably the biggest difference. A lot chat to one and other. There's not that genuine dislike anymore."

The Sea Eagles will face their toughest test of the season when they clash with the Storm on Saturday after turning their own campaign around in recent months.

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Melbourne will start Saturday's match as heavy favourites given their 16-match winning streak but many believe the Sea Eagles can match it with the competition leaders given Tom Trbojevic's extraordinary run of form.

"You've got to be on your game and turn up collectively as a group and all play the best you can possibly can," Foran said.

"They've been playing extremely good footy the whole season. We'll be trying to test ourselves against them this weekend but they're the side to beat this year.

"They're strong across the park."

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