Two teams coming off a loss, two clubs desperate to finish inside the top four, added to the intense rivalry which exists between the Sharks and Storm and Sunday shapes as one of the games of the season at AAMI Park.
The Sharks were disappointing in going down in golden point to the Manly Sea Eagles, while Melbourne squandered a handy half time lead when soundly beaten by Souths in a top of the table clash.
Which all sets up a crucial clash this weekend between the last two premiership winning teams.
The Sharks and Storm have already met once this season, with the Cronulla side coming out on top by 14-4.
While they didn't get the points against Manly, on a positive note the Sharks came through the game unscathed on the injury front, with both Wade Graham and Josh Dugan set to be better for the run last Sunday in what has been a frustrating season for both players.
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has named an unchanged line up, Dugan selected on the wing, Valentine Holmes at fullback, with Jesse Ramien and Ricky Leutele retaining their places in the centres.
The Sharks will travel to Melbourne on Saturday, ahead of the game which is scheduled for a 4.10pm kick off on Sunday.
See the Sharks 21-man squad list below.
NRL Team List – Round 22
Sharks v Storm
Sunday, August 12
Kick-off – 4.10pm
1- Valentine Holmes
2- Josh Dugan
3- Jesse Ramien
4- Ricky Leutele
5- Sione Katoa
6- Matt Moylan
7- Chad Townsend
8- Andrew Fifita
9- Jayden Brailey
10- Matt Prior
11- Luke Lewis
12- Wade Graham
13- Paul Gallen
14- Scott Sorensen
15- James Segeyaro
16- Aaron Woods
17- Jayson Bukuya
18- Joseph Paulo
19- Ava Seumanufagai
20- Sosaia Feki
21- Kyle Flanagan
Fullback for Storm is number 1 Billy SlaterFullback for Sharks is number 1 Valentine Holmes
Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi VunivaluWinger for Sharks is number 2 Josh Dugan
Centre for Storm is number 3 Will ChambersCentre for Sharks is number 3 Jesse Ramien
Centre for Storm is number 4 Curtis ScottCentre for Sharks is number 4 Ricky Leutele
Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-CarrWinger for Sharks is number 20 Sosaia Feki
Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron MunsterFive-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Matt Moylan
Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome HughesHalfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend
Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse BromwichProp for Sharks is number 8 Andrew Fifita
Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron SmithHooker for Sharks is number 9 Jayden Brailey
Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-SolomonaProp for Sharks is number 10 Matt Prior
2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Luke Lewis
2nd Row for Storm is number 17 Joe Stimson2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale FinucaneLock for Sharks is number 13 Paul Gallen
Interchange for Storm is number 12 Ryan HoffmanInterchange for Sharks is number 14 Scott Sorensen
Interchange for Storm is number 14 Kenneath BromwichInterchange for Sharks is number 15 James Segeyaro
Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tim GlasbyInterchange for Sharks is number 16 Aaron Woods
Interchange for Storm is number 16 Christian WelchInterchange for Sharks is number 17 Jayson Bukuya