19 Sep 2011

Warriors go into NRL semi knowing they can win in Melbourne

12:36 pm on 19 September 2011

The Warriors will build up to this week's preliminary National Rugby League final against the Melbourne Storm knowing they're one of just two sides to have beaten the minor premiers at home this season.

The Warriors are just one game away from the grand final after a narrow 22-20 win over the Wests Tigers in Sydney on Friday night.

The Victorian capital is also the scene of the Warriors' most famous upset - an 18-15 win over the Storm as they became the first eighth-ranked finalist to beat the minor premiers in the opening week of the finals in 2008.

Since Melbourne's inception in 1998, only Canterbury boast a better record than the Warriors against the Storm.

Melbourne have won just 48 percent of games against the Bulldogs, with the Warriors coming in next toughest with the Storm winning just 14 of their 28 contests.