KEY MATCH-UPS | Sharks v Storm

Having got the better of the Sharks when the sides last met in Round 3 this season, the Melbourne Storm head to Remondis Stadium and will be in for a tough night at the office against a side that has won eight of its last nine matches.

Here are the Key Match-Ups that stand to turn the result in favour of the respective teams come full-time on Monday night.

 

THE WINGERS | Valentine Holmes v Marika Koroibete

Flying winger Valentine Holmes will meet Marika Koroibete when the Sharks and Storm square off on Monday night. Both men will be out to add to their impressive season try tallies – 14 and 15 respectively – and will fancy their chances of doing so.

In what looms as a tough defensive assignment for the 20-year-old Holmes, Koroibete stands as the League’s leading line-breaker (with 23 to date), having run in two tries in his three career appearances versus the Sharks.

But having shown on several occasions already in 2015, Holmes will be more than prepared for the challenges that await, having broken the line himself 15 times this season and having run in two tries in as many career appearances versus the Melbourne outfit.

While Holmes and Koroibete will be lauded for their work with the ball come Monday night, their efforts without the Steeden will go just as far – if not further – in ensuring their side earns the two competition points up for grabs.


THE HOOKERS | Michael Ennis v Cameron Smith

Michael Ennis meets opposite number Cameron Smith for the third time this season, having last done so when Queensland hosted New South Wales in the 2015 State of Origin decider.

Both natural leaders and willing competitors, Ennis and Smith will not be taking any backward steps in the Round 23 clash, and both stand to have a huge influence on the result at the end of the eighty minutes.

With some well-documented history between the pair, expect another fierce meeting when the hookers meet on Monday night.

Michael Ennis

 

Cameron Smith

19

Matches

19

104 (551m)

Runs (m)

159 (985m)

52m

Metres in Contact

261m

5

Offloads

15

12

Line Break Assists

11

105 (2825m)

Kicks (m)

68 (1918m)

1

Tries

1

14

Try Assists

10

 

THE BACK-ROWERS | Luke Lewis v Kevin Proctor

Veteran Sharks back-rower Luke Lewis celebrated his 32nd birthday on Tuesday, and returns to the Sharks line-up to tackle Kiwi’s hard-man Kevin Proctor.

Lewis has been in vintage form this season, scoring nine tries and playing a vital role in many of the Sharks’ successes thus far in 2015.

Proctor meanwhile is set to cap his 150th NRL appearance on Monday, having debuted for the Storm in 2008, and will be out to cap the milestone with another strong showing.

In his seven career appearances versus Cronulla, Proctor is yet to taste defeat, but Lewis and the Sharks will be out to make amends on that record in this one.