Melbourne fans (and South Sydney fans, for that matter) presumably need no reminding about the last time the two sides met - last year's thrilling qualifying final is undoubtedly still etched in the collective football memory.
Six Storm players had returned from injury following our round 25 loss to the Panthers.
Among them was Cameron Munster, who would prove the match winner in a one-point victory.
Jesse Bromwich and Josh Addo-Carr were celebrating milestones - 200 NRL games and 50 games for the club respectively.
In front of a crowd of more than 17,300 fans at AAMI Park unfolded a physical, absorbing contest with five lead changes and five tries apiece.
The Rabbitohs looked home when Cameron Murray dived over in the 71st minute and the conversion put the visitors six points in front, but a typically composed Billy Slater created space wide, allowing an in-field kick from Josh Addo-Carr to be collected by Cheyse Blair on the try line.
Cam Smith's conversion sailed through the uprights and the scores were again locked at 28-28.
Enter Munster, who kicked a 35-metre field goal four minutes from the final siren to clinch a home preliminary final.