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Perennial contenders Melbourne remain firmly on track for another minor premiership after last week's comfortable disposal of Newcastle.

Cameron Smith's shoulder injury could throw a spanner in the works but Cameron Munster ranks as one of the game's elite playmakers while Jahrome Hughes and Brandon Smith continue to come into their own as genuine game-breakers.

Coach Craig Bellamy might look like he'll blow a fuse occasionally, but he has the Storm humming along nicely as usual.

The Bulldogs broke a long losing streak with a round 11 upset of the Knights and they were valiant in going down 18-16 to the Eels last week. They'll need to produce something truly special to overcome the Storm.

The Rundown

Team news

Storm: Brandon Smith will start at hooker with captain Cameron Smith (shoulder) set to miss a couple of games. Ryan Papenhuyzen is being rested with Nicho Hynes starting at fullback. Justin Olam returns at centre for Marion Seve (ear). Darryn Schonig and Sandor Earl were the two players dropped from the squad an hour before kick-off.

Dale Finucane is also being given the week off with reserve halfback Cooper Johns also omitted on Friday. Tino Fa’Asuamaleaui has been elevated into the starting side. The Storm have won 14 consecutive games at Queensland venues.

Bulldogs: Canterbury will start 1-17 after Kerrod Holland and Renouf To'omaga were the two players left out an hour before kick-off. Ofahiki Ogden moves into the starting side and Sione Katoa starts at hooker with Aiden Tolman and Jeremy Marshall-King benched. Reimis Smith replaces Jack Cogger on the interchange.  

Chris Smith and Matthew Doorey were culled when the squad was reduced to 19 players 24 hours from kick-off.

The Bulldogs have scored only 22 points in their past three games in Queensland.

Key match-up

Nelson Asofa-Solomona v Dylan Napa. They are two of the biggest men in the game and their clashes in the middle will rattle the foundations of Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Asofa-Solomona has slowly but surely worked his way back to form, while Napa doesn't cross the try-line as often as Melbourne's giant prop, but he can still deliver a brutal body shot and he'll have to make his presence felt on Saturday if the Dogs are any chance.

Stat Attack

The Bulldogs weren't far off causing a huge boil-over when they met the Storm in Melbourne in round four last year.

They led 12-6 at half-time and gave their more-fancied opponents all they could handle in the second half in an 18-16 loss. The Storm were more focused in the round 11 re-match, building an 8-0 half-time lead en route to a 28-6 victory.