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This week in Warriors history – Rd 13

This week in Warriors history – Rd 13

There is nothing quite like the old days, so sit back and take a look as kiwileaguecentral.com checks out this week in Warriors history. (Main photo: photosport.nz).

Unrelenting rain and overall miserable Auckland conditions set the stage for one of the toughest grinds the club has ever been involved in, back in Round 13, 2007.

Matt Rua, Warriors, Storm
Kiwi Matt Rua made a comeback in 2007 and faced the Warriors in Rd 13. Photo: photosport.nz

The 4-2 loss to the Storm at Mt Smart Stadium remains one of the lowest-scoring matches ever to be played (Newtown Jets’ 0-0 draw with Canterbury-Bankstown in 1982 tops the list), and was yet another match to add to the long list of Warriors v Storm thrillers.


Melbourne were without nine regular first-graders due to injuries and State of Origin duty, but showed just why they would go on to become the eventual premiers that year.

The home side led 2-0 at half-time thanks to a penalty from Tony Martin, but they seemed to drop the pill at the mere sight of the try-line through the first 40 minutes.

In the second period the Warriors again dominated possession, but the Storm – led by hooker James Aubusson, who made over 40 tackles – continued to hold them out as the final 10 minutes approached.

It was at this point that lock Jeremy Smith – who just over a year later would help the Kiwis win the World Cup – battled over for the decisive try. Although Steve Turner couldn’t convert, it was enough to hand Melbourne a hard-earned 4-2 victory, while for the Warriors it marked a sixth-straight loss.

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