The Broncos will be riding back into Suncorp Stadium still smiling after their upset 18-point win over the Roosters at the SCG and hoping the Storm aren't quite back to full strength yet.
With none of Melbourne's first-choice attacking spine available - Ryan Papenhuyzen, Cameron Munster, Jahrome Hughes and Harry Grant - the Storm still managed to put on 34 unanswered points against Canberra last weekend.
The Broncos have been fiddling with their own roster and seem to have landed more talent for their halves with former Sharks and Titans five-eighth Albert Kelly joining Tyson Gamble as a pairing coach Kevin Walters can build some results around.
Walters believes last weekend's domination of the Roosters can be a turning point for the Broncos and finally lift them from depths of the NRL ladder.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy also seems to be able to fill holes in his side with players of equal class and talent - fullback Nicho Hynes a case in point. In the four matches he's filled in for Papenhuyzen he's made six line breaks, nine try assists, and 26 tackle busts.
Match: Broncos v Storm
Round 12 -
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Broncos: Rhys Kennedy will not play due to a leg infection so John Asiata moves into the starting side at prop with Dale Copley promoted to the interchange. Selwyn Cobbo is the 18th man.
Last week's 18th man Teui Robati has been named to make his debut off the bench to make up for the absence of suspended prop Matt Lodge in the front row.
Walters has given Anthony Milford a third chance, naming the five-eighth to replace suspended No.7 Tyson Gamble with last round's comeback story Albert Kelly shifting to halfback.
Centre Herbie Farnworth is back in the line-up after his late withdrawal last week.
Kotoni Staggs (knee) and Alex Glenn (calf) are at least another week away from returning.
The Broncos are aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since rounds 1-2 of 2020.
Storm: Cooper Johns starts at five-eighth with Chris Smith moving to the bench, while Nelson Asofa-Solomona starts in place of Christian Welch (swollen knee).
Aaron Pene joins the bench and Trent Loero is the 18th man, with Dean Ieremia dropping out of the playing squad on game day.
Welch and Isaac Lumelume dropped out of the squad on Wednesday.
Jahrome Hughes (calf) is back in the No.7 after his late withdrawal from the Raiders clash but back-rower Kenny Bromwich (hamstring) will spend at least another week on the sideline.
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy expects Ryan Papenhuyzen to be sidelined for 3-4 more weeks which means in-form understudy Nicho Hynes remains at fullback.
Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Jamayne IsaakoFullback for Storm is number 1 Nicho Hynes
Winger for Broncos is number 2 Xavier CoatesWinger for Storm is number 2 George Jennings
Centre for Broncos is number 3 Herbie FarnworthCentre for Storm is number 3 Reimis Smith
Centre for Broncos is number 4 Jesse ArtharsCentre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
Winger for Broncos is number 5 David MeadWinger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony MilfordFive-Eighth for Storm is number 21 Cooper Johns
Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Albert KellyHalfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne HaasProp for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake TurpinHooker for Storm is number 9 Brandon Smith
Prop for Broncos is number 15 John AsiataProp for Storm is number 17 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Keenan Palasia2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Tom Eisenhuth
Lock for Broncos is number 13 Thomas FleglerLock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Kobe HetheringtonInterchange for Storm is number 6 Chris Lewis
Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Ethan BullemorInterchange for Storm is number 14 Aaron Booth
Interchange for Broncos is number 17 TC RobatiInterchange for Storm is number 15 Tui Kamikamica
Interchange for Broncos is number 18 Dale CopleyInterchange for Storm is number 20 Aaron Pene
Reserve for Broncos is number 19 Selwyn CobboReserve for Storm is number 16 Trent Loiero
- Referee: Ashley Klein
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Touch Judge: Chris Butler
- Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara
Nelson Asofa-Solomona v Payne Haas: No hype is needed for this heavyweight clash, which sees Asofa-Solomona butting heads with Haas. The Storm prop has scored three tries in his past two games. Haas may be try-less so far but he makes an average 15 hit-ups and runs over 138 metres a game. The presence of these two won't be hard to miss - they will be the two tallest on the field (along with Storm's Christian Welch).
Storm have a stranglehold on meetings with the Broncos having won the past nine in a row. You have to go back to 2016 to find the last Broncos victory (26-16) but that was in Melbourne. The last time the Broncos beat the Storm at Suncorp Stadium was in March 2009 (16-14).
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