NRL: NZ Warriors determined to snap Melbourne Storm losing streak as Anzac Day encounter awaits

They haven't beaten Melbourne Storm since 2015, but there's an air of optimism around NZ Warriors and their traditional Anzac Day fixture. 

Their 13-match drought against the Storm is their worst losing streak against any NRL side, but the promising start to the 2023 season has them confident they can avenge last year's record 70-10 thrashing in the corresponding fixture

The Warriors haven't enjoyed many long periods at home this year, but a 10-day turnaround after Saturday's win over North Queensland Cowboys couldn't have come at a better time.

"We've had no opportunity to string lots of trainings together," said coach Andrew Webster.

While they're embracing the occasion, they're determined not to let it overawe them. 

"It is a special game," said forward Jazz Tevaga. "It's important to pay our respects to the Anzacs who have fallen for us.

"Looking back in the past, where we've tried to dedicate it and make it a big deal, that hasn't worked for us too well. If you look at the results we've dished up the past couple of years, it hasn't been too great." 

You only have to go back to last year, when the Warriors were handed the worst defeat in club history, to see how tough things can be in Melbourne.  

After a start to the season that sees them third on the NRL ladder, there's confidence this year can be different. 

"We're five from seven," continued Tevaga. "I can honestly say I haven't gone into this game as confident as I have before.

"I'm really keen to take on the Storm."

NZ Warriors dejected in 2022's record defeat to Melbourne Storm.
NZ Warriors dejected in 2022's record defeat to Melbourne Storm. Photo credit: get

Craig Bellamy's team will prove the true litmus test to the Warriors' newfound levels of resilience.

"There's people that work hard," says Warriors captain and former Storm forward Tohu Harris. "They're going to compete, they do all the little things right and that's what gets results."

The Warriors will hope that's not the case, come Anzac Day.

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