The heat always goes up a notch when Cronulla and Melbourne meet these days, with their rivalry stemming from the Sharks' epic 2016 grand final win.
Melbourne outlasted Manly in a grinding match in round one, while the Sharks staged a mighty fightback against South Sydney but a forward pass at the death denied them a try to level the scores.
It will be a strange feeling for Cronulla to host Melbourne in the Dragons den of Netstrata Jubilee Oval in Kogarah - especially when there won't be any fans there to give the venue a "home" vibe.
Match: Sharks v Storm
Round 2 -
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Sharks: Josh Dugan won't play, while Scott Sorensen will start in place of Briton Nikora in the back-row. Bill Magoulias has been elevated from the reserves to the bench. Royce Hunt and Brayden Trindall were trimmed from the reserves on Friday night. The Sharks have lost seven of their past nine games at Netstrata Jubilee.
Storm: No alterations to the 17-man team that took care of Manly on the road last week. Dale Finucane was bloodied after a head knock but has been cleared to play. Harry Grant and Brenko Lee were the last players cut before kick-off, while Ryley Jacks and Darren Schonig were omitted from the squad on Friday.
Match: Sharks v Storm
Round 2 -
Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William KennedyFullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione KatoaWinger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh MorrisCentre for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse RamienCentre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo MulitaloWinger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun JohnsonFive-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad TownsendHalfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
Prop for Sharks is number 8 Andrew FifitaProp for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke BraileyHooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron WoodsProp for Storm is number 10 Tui Kamikamica
2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
2nd Row for Sharks is number 17 Scott Sorensen2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
Lock for Sharks is number 13 Jack WilliamsLock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Connor TraceyInterchange for Storm is number 14 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Braden Hamlin-UeleInterchange for Storm is number 15 Max King
Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Toby RudolfInterchange for Storm is number 16 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Interchange for Sharks is number 18 Billy MagouliasInterchange for Storm is number 17 Tom Eisenhuth
- Referee: Ashley Klein
- Referee: Phil Henderson
- Touch Judge: Tim Roby
- Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell
Blayke Brailey v Cameron Smith. It's been some sort of initiation to life as a bona fide starting NRL dummy-half for young Brailey - his first rival No.9 was Damien Cook and now he's up against arguably the greatest of all time. Both men will play important roles controlling the middle for their sides.
Where it'll be won and lost
The Sharks of the past have scrapped their way to victory over Melbourne, who like to play a similar style. Cronulla showed some flair in the second-half against South Sydney, however, with Shaun Johnson the architect - and that could be the blueprint to victory this time. The machine-like Storm will look to nail the basics as usual: defending stoutly, completing well and waiting for mistakes they can capitalise on. Simple but effective.
Brett Kimmorley says
A great rivalry that started in the 2016 grand final. Melbourne were really good in the arm-wrestle against Manly, that's the style of footy they play. The Sharks created some opportunities against Souths, especially as the game flowed on, and they had a chance to win with some better execution. They're Melbourne's bogey team and can get the job done. Sharks by 4.
The Sharks and Storm split two meetings last year. Cronulla prevailed 20-18 on home turf in round eight before Melbourne exacted revenge in no uncertain terms with a 40-16 triumph in round 17. Brandon Smith scored two of the Storm's six tries.
And another thing…
There isn't much between these sides usually, with nine of their past 11 clashes totalling 32 points or less.