Newcastle and Melbourne clash for the 45th time on Sunday and if recent results are anything to go by, the Knights won't want to show up with the same attitude they did on home turf last week.
The usually-proud Hunter faithful were left reeling after the Knights produced their poorest performance of the year to go down 39-2 to the Eels.
Their attack has been an issue for the better part of 18 months but none more so than against an Eels outfit who in return strolled over the line last week in a defensive display that left Adam O'Brien apologising after the siren.
The Storm, well, the complete opposite for them. Their 70-point showing against the Warriors was fascinating to watch with 56 of those points coming in one half of football for an NRL record.
Melbourne took advantage of lazy defence against the Warriors in the final 30 minutes, something the Knights were guilty of throughout their recent loss.
Former Knight Josh King will be one player looking forward to getting back to McDonald Jones Stadium after leaving the club last year.
King has made the No.13 jersey his own after the departure of Dale Finucane to Cronulla in the off-season.
Melbourne have won their last 10 matches against the Knights, including a 48-4 result last season.
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Knights: Kurt Mann is out so Sauaso Sue goes to lock with Jack Johns added to the bench. Tex Hoy played reserve grade on Sunday with Pasami Saulo coming in as 18th man. Brodie Jones will play despite concerns around an elbow injury.
Storm: The are no changes to the run-on side but a minor tweak on the bench with Chris Lewis moving back to 18th man and Tyran Wishart listed back in the No.15 jersey. Reimis Smith is fit and will take his place in the side.
Match: Knights v Storm
Round 8 -
Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn PongaFullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
Winger for Knights is number 2 Edrick LeeWinger for Storm is number 2 Nick Meaney
Centre for Knights is number 3 Simi SasagiCentre for Storm is number 3 Reimis Smith
Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman BestCentre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
Winger for Knights is number 5 Enari TualaWinger for Storm is number 5 Xavier Coates
Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Jake CliffordFive-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
Halfback for Knights is number 7 Adam CluneHalfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
Prop for Knights is number 8 David KlemmerProp for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Knights is number 9 Chris RandallHooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel SaifitiProp for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Brodie Jones2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
Lock for Knights is number 17 Sauaso SueLock for Storm is number 13 Josh King
Interchange for Knights is number 14 Phoenix CrosslandInterchange for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob SaifitiInterchange for Storm is number 15 Tyran Wishart
Interchange for Knights is number 16 Leo ThompsonInterchange for Storm is number 16 Trent Loiero
Interchange for Knights is number 19 Jack JohnsInterchange for Storm is number 17 Tepai Moeroa
Replacement for Knights is number 21 Pasami SauloReplacement for Storm is number 18 Chris Lewis
- Referee: Liam Kennedy
- Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
- Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins
Kalyn Ponga v Ryan Papenhuyzen: If blokes like James Tedesco and Tom Trbojevic didn't exist, these two fullbacks could be battling it out in the Origin arena more often than not. Once teammates at the Junior Kangaroos level in 2019, Ponga and Papenhuyzen are at similiar stages in their career but the Storm fullback has a lot more accolades and individual achievements to show for it. Ponga was enormous against the Dragons but was part of a non-existent Knights attacking system last week. It's no secret if the Knights are going to get close then Ponga needs to fire and they'll need to shut down Papenhuyzen at the back.
Melbourne's carries out of dummy half are setting the tone in their attack with 89 the most in the competition so far. Storm hooker Harry Grant (44) is the main architect in that area and unbelievably has had almost more runs from there than Newcastle's 45 overall (which ranks them 15th in the competition). The Knights were always going to struggle without the services of Jayden Brailey for the first half of the year and will need to be on alert for more Storm damage on Sunday.
Match: Knights v Storm
Round 8 -
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle