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The now-traditional Anzac Day meeting between the Storm and Warriors closes out round seven at AAMI Park on Monday evening.

The Storm are unbeaten in this fixture since 2014 and the Warriors face a huge task to avoiding making it a seventh-straight loss up against the NRL's second-placed side.

The Warriors aren't travelling too badly, with a 3-3 start to the year putting them just outside the top eight on differential and coming off a close-fought loss to the Roosters in round six.

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The Rundown

Team news

Storm: No changes to the starting side for Craig Bellamy's outfit but one on the bench with Chris Lewis coming in for Tyran Wishart. Ryan Papenhuyzen will play despite an ankle injury last week. The Bromwich brothers return after a COVID layoff with Jesse starting at prop and Kenny in the back row.

Warriors: Jazz Tevaga comes into the side at lock after Kodi Nikorima (COVID-19) was omitted in the 24-hour team list. Josh Curran switches to the back row with Bayley Sironen moving to the bench alongside Taniela Otukolo, who replaces Eliesa Katoa.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 Nick Meaney
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Reimis Smith
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Xavier Coates
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Edward Kosi
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Matthew Lodge
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 13 Josh Curran
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Josh King
    Lock for Warriors is number 20 Jazz Tevaga

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
    Interchange for Warriors is number 12 Bayley Sironen
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Trent Loiero
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Tepai Moeroa
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Aaron Pene
  • Interchange for Storm is number 18 Chris Lewis
    Interchange for Warriors is number 18 Taniela Otukolo

Reserves

  • Replacement for Storm is number 15 Tyran Wishart
    Replacement for Warriors is number 22 Rocco Berry

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Senior Review Official: Gerard Sutton

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Key match-upĀ 

Nelson Asofa-Solomona v Matt Lodge: two of the fieriest props in the game going head-to-head should be worth the price of admission alone. The Warriors missed Lodge last week as he nursed a back complaint while big Nelson was dynamic against the Sharks in the absence of some senior Storm forwards.

Stat attack

Assuming Papenhuyzen shakes off that ankle injury he picked up last week, he has a chance to stretch his lead atop the leaderboard for most points (79), tries (eight) and goals (23) in the NRL this year.

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