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The NRL's newest neighbours will square off, with the Storm welcoming the Titans to their temporary home on the Sunshine Coast.

What would have been a 1700km trip to the Victoria capital is now a 180km bus trip for a Titans side chasing an upset.

Gold Coast displayed impressive perseverance to turn a 12-0 deficit into a 16-12 win over the Warriors last weekend while the Storm did what they do best and ground out another victory.

The Rundown

Team news

Storm: Albert Vete is a late inclusion on the bench for the Storm in his first NRL game since undergoing shoulder surgery a year ago. Chris Lewis drops out to make way for Vete. The other man cut an hour before kick-off is Nicho Hynes.

Star five-eighth Cameron Munster returns in place of Ryley Jacks. Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy on Thursday said Munster's knee had healed quickly and he was on track to make an early comeback.

Brandon Smith starts at prop for Jesse Bromwich (knee) and Felise Kaufusi (knee) is back pushing Tino Faasuamaleaui to the bench.

The Storm have won eight of their past nine games against the Titans.

Jacks and Darryn Schonig were omitted from the reserves 24 hours before kick-off.

Titans: The Titans are 1-17. Brian Kelly (quad) and Phillip Sami (shoulder) return in the centres with Beau Fermor returning to the second row and Bryce Cartwright and Sam Stone out of the side. The Titans are chasing back-to-back wins for the first time since April 2019.

Nathan Peats and Greg Leleisiuao were cut from the reserves 24 hours before kick-off. Sam Stone and Jai Whitbread were cut an hour before game time.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Corey Thompson
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 Paul Momirovski
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Anthony Don
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Justin Olam
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Brenko Lee
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Phillip Sami
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Treymain Spry
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Brandon Smith
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Erin Clark
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Jaimin Jolliffe
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Beau Fermor
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Keegan Hipgrave
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai Arrow

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tino Faasuamaleaui
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tanah Boyd
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Marion Seve
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Tyrone Peachey
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Interchange for Titans is number 16 Sam Lisone
  • Interchange for Storm is number 18 Albert Vete
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Jarrod Wallace

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Gavin Badger
  • Video Referee: Ben Lowe
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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Key match-up

Anthony Don v Josh Addo-Carr: In a battle of contrasting styles, the leaping ability and power of Don will come up against the blinding speed and elusiveness of Addo-Carr. Don will like his chances at gathering in attacking kicks, while Addo-Carr will be seeking one-on-one opportunities.

Stat Attack

Titans utility player Tyrone Peachey was back to his electric best in the win over the Warriors. He ran for 155m and made 33 tackles in his 54 minutes on the field. The Titans will need more of the same against the Storm.