MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19: Curtis Scott of the Melbourne Storm and Dylan Walker of the Manly Sea Eagles wrestle during the round 11 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Manly Sea Eagles at AAMI Park on May 19, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

It’s a rivalry that only dates back a decade – but a rivalry nonetheless, that has had a bad habit of spilling over into fist fights.

After the infamous toe-to-toe clash between Sea Eagles forward Glenn Stewart and Melbourne rival Adam Blair, a wild brawl broke out between the rival teams, trading grand final wins over each other in 2007 and 2008.

Melbourne centre Curtis Scott was most recently sent off for an altercation with Dylan Walker, sin-banned along with Apisai Koroisau for his part in it.

To add further insult to injury, Manly’s marketing towards this Saturday’s clash gears toward their 2008 grand final demolition of the Storm, selling shirts and merchandise branded “40-nil” to commemorate the club’s biggest triumph over Melbourne.

Storm hooker Brandon Smith said he’s prepared for another lively encounter, but won’t succumb to bait-punches or taunts from opponents and fans.

“I don’t think the anger is there – that didn’t work too well for us last game, as you could tell by the scoreboard,” Smith told nrl.com.au. 

“I think we’ll just worry about our own game and own performance.

“Melbourne really tell us about the history that Manly and the Storm have.”

Smith is set to play his 14th game of the year during the clash, lapping up a breakout year in the NRL. The star 22-year-old is savouring the opportunity to learn under the likes of Cameron Smith, both on and off the field during the Origin period.

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“He just shows that leadership and how he makes everyone around him a lot better player and person as well,” Smith said.

“He’s always giving you tips and tricks. There’s no-one really like him that I’ve ever played with.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Manly are selling commemorative 40 Nil shirts for the biggest beat down in NRL history get your t-shirts get your t-shirts

  2. Hopefully Scott punches walker in the scone again so everyone other than manly and storm can actually get some enjoyment out of this game.

  3. Hopefully Scott punches walker in the scone again so everyone other than manly and storm fans can actually get some enjoyment out of this game.

  4. Is Walker so disliked by all opposition , that it makes them all want to do him damage?
    If so, it’s better to go with the knee. If you punch him, you get held by several other Manly players. Then one comes from over the top of the group to punch you several times. He gets 10 minutes in the bin. You get sent off for the match. If you knee him in the head, you just get a penalty against you. Then a fine after the game.

  5. As the man says– shut up Ben hunt loser supporter. Cherry showed you loser dragoons how its done

    • Indeed he did.. he was man of the match not old billy. It was like a kid whos dads the coach giving him all the accolades LOL dce had a great game got more repeat sets for qld in 1 game then for manly all year

  6. I like how the game is now sanitised to appease the women in rugby league, whether it be journos or mothers just watching the game hoping they will aspire to letting little Johnnie or Josie play NRL…it is as if women never watched the game prior to 2010.
    We go on about how certain things make the game look bad.. but yet a woman reporter can come in with the caption “Brace For Brawls”… pfft…brawls women style with slaps and handbags.

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