Suliasi Vunivalu will return on the wing for the Melbourne Storm on Sunday while Jayson Bukuya will come off the bench for the Cronulla Sharks.
The great rivalry between the Storm and Sharks will continue at AAMI Park on Sunday, with the semi-final pecking order adding further spice to a traditionally fierce contest.
Cronulla’s history-making win over Melbourne in the 2016 grand final marks the most important of their clashes, but the remainder have also contained drama, intrigue and just enough spite to attract the interest of league fans everywhere.
Both clubs suffered round 21 defeats, with Cronulla’s home loss to Manly particularly disappointing. Scoring 32 points and still losing goes against just about everything Cronulla have stood for during the coaching tenure of Shane Flanagan.
Melbourne will also be searching for improvement, but at least their loss to South Sydney came in a meeting of joint competition leaders.
If the Sharks don’t get the job done on Sunday, they can pretty much say goodbye to any hopes they held of securing a double-chance in the finals.