It would be a 400th club win to remember for Melbourne Storm if it can steal victory against Penrith Panthers tomorrow night at BlueBet stadium (nee Panthers Stadium).
Apart from the New South Wales sides who have been around long before Storm was formed in 1998, Melbourne will become the second of the interstate teams to make the milestone.
Storm trail behind the Brisbane Broncos – who entered the NSWRL in 1988 – who will shortly celebrate their 500th first-class win.
For Storm coach Craig Bellamy, it will mark his 329th win at the club, proving his excellence at the helm since taking over in 2003.
Bellamy paid respect to the club’s players and coaches before him, saying it a collective effort to get Storm to the 400th win mark.
“The club won a lot of games before I came here. The club was five years old before I came here,” Bellamy said at Thursday’s press conference.
“It’s a nice milestone, there always seems to be milestones coming up especially in this era.
“It’ll be a nice one to get up”
Of the 38 games played against each other, Storm hold bragging rights over Panthers, winning on 27 occasions.
However, the last four encounters have the clubs sitting at two wins a peace, including Storm’s 2020 grand final win.
By winning the grand final, Storm also broke Penrith’s record-breaking 17-game win streak.
Win 400 won’t come easy for Melbourne as Panthers look to seek revenge for their premiership loss.
A win tomorrow will truly celebrate the success of Storm, who have won four premierships since 1998.
- Stats provided by Rugby League Project and are accurate at time of publishing.