The Storm will be looking to bounce back from just their third defeat of 2020 and keep themselves in the hunt for a top-two finish against a punch-drunk Sea Eagles side.
The absence of key playmakers finally told for Melbourne who failed to score a point in going down 14-0 Parramatta in the round 15 opener, a loss that allowed the Eels to draw level with them on 24 points and grab second place on for-and-against.
Melbourne have three home games in their final five games of the regular season and play only one more top-eight opponent so as long as their big guns return on schedule they will fancy their chances of a top-two finish.
Manly have won their past two visits to AAMI Park but it's hard to see them recovering from that 56-16 flogging at the hands of South Sydney to make it three away victories in a row over the Storm at Melbourne's Sunshine Coast home away from home.
Match: Storm v Sea Eagles
Round 16 -
Venue: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast
Storm: Isaac Lumelume has been named to make his NRL debut replacing Brenko Lee. In the other late change Chris Lewis has been added to the bench and Ryley Jacks drops out.
Cameron Smith (shoulder), Cameron Munster (knee) and Jahrome Hughes (groin) make timely returns with Brandon Smith (broken jaw) out and Jacks and Cooper Johns making way in the halves. Jesse Bromwich is also back after a one-game suspension.
On Saturday Tom Eisenhuth was ruled out with a calf strain and Sandor Earl also dropped out of the squad with Tino Fa'asuamaleaui starting in the second row and Albert Vete joining the interchange.
Kenny Bromwich (calf) and Marion Seve comes in on the wing. The Storm have won six of their past eight games against the Sea Eagles.
Sea Eagles: A couple of late changes for Des Hasler with Albert Hopoate to make his NRL debut at centre in jersey No.18 with Jack Gosiewski going to the bench. Corey Waddell dropped off the bench an hour before kick-off and Abbas Miski was the other player to drop out.
Tevita Funa is named at fullback with Reuben Garrick on the wing and Gosiewski was originally named at centre with Moses Suli out for the season with a foot injury. Martin Taupau starts at prop with Taniela Paseka benched and Joel Thompson returns from a tongue injury in the back row.
Hopoate, who was recalled from a short-lived loan stint with the Warriors, is the son of premiership winning Sea Eagle John Hopoate.
Morgan Boyle and Haumolo Olakau'atu dropped off the reserves list 24 hours before kick-off.
Hasler is the only current coach with a winning record against Craig Bellamy (17 from 30).
Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan PapenhuyzenFullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tevita Funa
Winger for Storm is number 2 Marion SeveWinger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin OlamCentre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
Centre for Storm is number 21 Isaac LumelumeCentre for Sea Eagles is number 18 Albert Hopoate
Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-CarrWinger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron MunsterFive-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Cade Cust
Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome HughesHalfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse BromwichProp for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron SmithHooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Danny Levi
Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian WelchProp for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
2nd Row for Storm is number 15 Tino Faasuamaleaui2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
Lock for Storm is number 13 Nelson Asofa-SolomonaLock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange for Storm is number 14 Nicho HynesInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 4 Jack Gosiewski
Interchange for Storm is number 17 Darryn SchonigInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Lachlan Croker
Interchange for Storm is number 19 Chris LewisInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
Interchange for Storm is number 20 Albert VeteInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
- Touch Judge: Peter Gough
- Video Referee: Henry Perenara
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein
Nelson Asofa-Solomona v Taniela Paseka: The showdown between these two huge units should shake the grandstand. The Storm prop is a towering 200cm tall and weighs in at 115kg while his less-experienced Sea Eagles counterpart concedes 3cm in height but outweighs Asofa-Solomona by 5kg.
The Melbourne man has been damaging with the ball in hand, punching out 47 tackle busts to Paseka's 17 and 17 offloads to 11 in just three extra games.
Melbourne rank third for points scored (374) and second for points conceded (182) while the Sea Eagles rank above only the three Queensland sides in coughing up points (343) and have scored more points (253) than just four other teams.