NewsCO.com.au – World Club Challenge: Melbourne Storm v Leeds Rhinos

February 15, 2018

Leeds Rhinos captain Kallum Watkins and Melbourne Storm’s Cameron Smith pose with the World Club Challenge trophy
World Club Challenge – Melbourne Storm v Leeds Rhinos
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne Date: Friday, 16 February Kick-off: 09:00 GMT Coverage: 5 live Sport Extra online & live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app.

Super League winners Leeds Rhinos can equal Wigan’s four World Club Challenge wins by overcoming National Rugby League premiers Melbourne Storm.

Leeds qualified by beating Castleford in October’s Grand Final, while Storm defeated North Queensland in the NRL showpiece to secure their spot.

The Rhinos beat Storm in 2008, but lost the past two finals against the Victoria club in 2010 and 2013.

This is Leeds’ first fixture in the competition to be played in Australia.

While Brian McDermott’s side have already played two Super League games and won them both in preparation for their trip down under, Melbourne Storm do not begin their NRL campaign until 10 March.

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“There’s a bit of added spice there,” McDermott told the Rhinos’ website.