After extending their winless streak to four with defeat at the hands of the Rabbitohs last week the Storm head to New Zealand under the pump, while the Vodafone Warriors will be reeling from the one that got away against the Raiders last week.
Despite their current slump the Storm remain just two points adrift of the top four and have it all to play for, while the Vodafone Warriors will be motivated to give their home fans something to cheer about in their second game at Mount Smart Stadium this year.
The last time they met on Anzac Day the Storm scored 10 tries in the second half to run out 70-10 winners, and the Vodafone Warriors haven't beaten Melbourne since 2015.
Of main concern for interim coach Stacey Jones will be his side's recent tendency to drop off in the second half, while the usually defensively-strong Storm have averaged 24 points against them in their last six games.
Vodafone Warriors: Stacey Jones has opted for another spine reshuffle, with Reece Walsh returning to fullback after playing just 14 minutes off the interchange last week. Chanel Harris-Tavita reverts to five-eighth and Daejarn Asi drops out of the 17. Jesse Arthars is out with a thigh strain so Marcelo Montoya moves from the wing to centre and Ed Kosi returns to the side on the flank. Prop Jackson Frei is named on the bench for his first game since his debut against the Bulldogs almost a year ago.
Storm: Craig Bellamy has named an unchanged starting 13. Jordan Grant is the new face on the bench in place of Tom Eisenhuth, who goes to the reserves.
Match: Warriors v Storm
Round 20 -
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece WalshFullback for Storm is number 1 Nick Meaney
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-ZelezniakWinger for Storm is number 2 Dean Ieremia
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Marcelo MontoyaCentre for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Adam PompeyCentre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Edward KosiWinger for Storm is number 5 Grant Anderson
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-TavitaFive-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun JohnsonHalfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-BlakeProp for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde EganHooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Tohu HarrisProp for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Josh Curran2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz TevagaLock for Storm is number 15 Tui Kamikamica
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Freddy LussickInterchange for Storm is number 13 Josh King
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty AfoaInterchange for Storm is number 14 Tyran Wishart
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Eliesa KatoaInterchange for Storm is number 16 Alec MacDonald
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Jackson FreiInterchange for Storm is number 21 Tom Eisenhuth
Replacement for Warriors is number 20 Daejarn AsiReplacement for Storm is number 18 Chris Lewis
- Referee: Peter Gough
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
- Senior Review Official: Adam Gee
Shaun Johnson v Jahrome Hughes: It shapes as an early audition for the end-of-year World Cup between the former Kiwi No 7 and the man who took his job in the mid-year Test. Johnson has been a consistent presence for the Vodafone Warriors despite having four different halves partners this year, while Hughes continues to provide attacking spark for his struggling side. Johnson's short kicking game has been on point in 2022, with 15 forced dropouts, while Hughes has run for over 100 metres in each of his last two games.
Both sides are guilty of performing for only 40 minutes in games of late. For the Vodafone Warriors the second half is the issue, and in the last fortnight they've been outscored 36-10 in the second period. Melbourne meanwhile is struggling to get out of the gates and hasn't enjoyed a halftime lead since round 12.