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Competition - NRL  Premiership

Teams - Cronulla Sharks v Melbourne Storm

Date – 28th or March 2016

Venue – Shark Park, Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Photographer – Grant Trouville

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Melbourne Storm Captain Cameron Smith knows all too well the toughness of ‘big’ games.

Gearing up for a shot at the Minor Premiership against the Sharks on Saturday night, Smith sounded out a warning to his men – prepare to be physical.

“They played a really aggressive style of footy that night, they really got stuck into us. I don’t expect too much different Saturday night to be honest,” Smith said.

“It really comes down to the way we handle their physicality and their aggression. I don’t think we handled it very well last time we played them.

“These guys are very good at being aggressive and trying to put you off your game, we just can’t allow that to happen.”

Speaking of the magnitude of the contest –  so would the results of the penultimate round determine –  Smith amped up the Round 26 clash, saying the opportunity to claim silverware against the Sharks is one not to be taken lightly.

“It’s a big week for the Storm, it’s a huge game for us against the Sharks on Saturday night,” Smith said.

“It’s a chance for a Minor Premiership … We haven’t been in this situation for a couple of years now.”

“I see ourselves as a quality football side, we’ve gone through 25 rounds and we’re on top of everyone else. You don’t get there by chance … you need a little bit of luck, but we haven’t had too much of that this year.”

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