Des Hasler gains added size for his forward park in vital grand final re-match.
The massive Canterbury Bulldogs pack got bigger for their clash with the Melbourne Storm with Sam Kasiano (hamstring) and Greg Eastwood (knee) returning from injury.
Josh Morris is replaced at centre by Timoteo Lafai, while Joel Romelo fills in for Josh Reynolds at five-eighth. although Tim Browne and Martin Taupau have been named as cover. J
James Graham has been dropped to the bench, but that shouldn’t affect his work-load too much as he will come in to give Aidan Tolman a break after 20 minutes and likely to play out the rest of the game.
Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith (Queensland) and Ryan Hoffman (NSW) are all out for the Storm due to rep duty.
Ben Hampton, Mitch Garbutt, Slade Griffin and Jordan McLean come into the side which will again put a strain on the remaining stars in the Storm side.
However, Tohu Harris has been a surprise this year and has added plenty of spark to the Storm attack.
Tip: Bulldogs by six
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS v MELBOURNE STORM at ANZ Stadium
BULLDOGS: Ben Barba, Mitch Brown, Tim Lafai, Krisnan Inu, Sam Perrett, Joel Romelo, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis, Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard, Tony Williams, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: Dene Halatau, Josh Jackson, James Graham, Dale Finucane, Tim Browne, Martin Taupau (two to be omitted).
Ins: Joel Romelo, Timoteo Lafai, Sam Kasiano, Greg Eastwood
Outs: Josh Morris, Josh Reynolds (both NSW)
Others unavailable: David Klemmer (knee, round 22)
STORM: Justin O’Neill, Sisa Waqa, Will Chambers, Maurice Blair, Mahe Fonua, Brett Finch, Ben Hampton, Jesse Bromwich, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Bryan Norrie, Kevin Proctor, Tohu Harris, Slade Griffin. Interchange: Jordan McLean, Junior Moors, Siosaia Vave, Mitch Garbutt, Junior Sa’u, Tim Glasby (two to be omitted).
Ins: Mahe Fonua, Ben Hampton, Junior Moors, Mitch Garbutt, Junior Sa’u, Tim Glasby
Outs: Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith (Queensland), Ryan Hoffman (NSW)
Others unavailable: Jason Ryles (knee, indefinite), Gareth Widdop (dislocated hip, season), Matt Duffie (knee, season)