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.
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.