Friday night’s match between the two sides will be the third in six years after meetings in 2008 and 2010. Leeds triumphed in 2008 whilst Storm managed to even the ledger two years later.
Storm Captain Cameron Smith is confident that once again the Rhinos will form tough opposition.
“Leeds are a great football side and nothing has changed on their part, we know its going to be tough again this year,” Smith said.
“We have had a great attitude the whole trip, we have been here for a week already, training has been great and the boys have really enjoyed the time we had down south.
“We know if we don’t turn up with the right attitude on Friday night then it’s not going to happen for us. Its simple as that, we are playing against a world class football team with world class players.”
After spending 22 hours travelling to England, Melbourne spent the first week of their stay in London before moving north to Leeds on Sunday. Melbourne Coach Craig Bellamy told the media that despite the inconvenient timing of the travel, his side always looks forward to the trip.
“Its not easy (travelling to England). At the end of the day, some clubs probably don’t look forward to coming over here...but we do,” Bellamy said.
“It’s a great experience for our younger players, to come over and play, but also it’s a great life experience.
“We certainly look at it in a really positive light, but having said that the travel certainly knocks your preparation around. It takes a lot of training days out of your calendar."
The 2013 World Club Challenge between Melbourne Storm and Leeds Rhinos will be broadcast live on GEM on Saturday 23 February from 6:45am (AEST).