On top of his soon-to-be 300 first-grade appearances, Cameron Smith is on track to go down as one of rugby league's true greats.
While there is no lack of effort from his side, Storm coach Craig Bellamy believes it is largely misguided as Melbourne slumped to their fourth straight loss.
The Warriors produced some attacking brilliance and defensive steel to beat the Storm 28-14 on Sunday afternoon, lifting themselves further up the ladder.
A contender for try of the year has helped the Warriors defeat the Storm in an entertaining contest in New Zealand.
Two of the Telstra Premiership's best props will clash when Ben Matulino's Warriors take on Jesse Bromwich and the Storm this Sunday.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy has thrown his support behind Cameron Smith following a tumultuous few days for the embattled skipper.
The bye came at a good time for the Storm, who were reeling after three straight losses, while the Warriors will be keen to continue their recent good form.
The NRL has come out in strong support of Cameron Smith in the wake of criticisms that were aired over his actions during the Alex McKinnon incident last year.
Returning Maroons halfback lives for the opportunity to test himself in pressure situations. Wednesday night's Origin decider will give him such a chance.
Melbourne and Queensland captain Cameron Smith has expressed his shock and sadness over the alleged murder of Adelaide Crows AFL coach Phil Walsh.