Cameron Smith set to Storm back in to action

CAMERON Smith is back, that should be enough for Melbourne to stop the Gold Coast's early momentum this weekend - or should it?

The last time these two sides met at AAMI Park, the Storm snuck home by one point.

Last weekend Melbourne was disgraceful in the second half as the Bulldogs of old ran roughshod over it after Smith injured his back in the warm up and pulled out late.

The final scoreline was 40-12 in favour of the Dogs and the question had to be asked, would Smith have been the difference of 28 points?

Maybe.

Records show Melbourne struggles without Smith, the Storm losing seven games he has missed since 2011 by an average of 22 points.

It is a killer stat but thankfully for Melbourne fans, Smith has trained this week and looks certain to play against the Titans who, while only 13-12 winners over North Queensland on Monday night, are showing some fighting spirit on the back of some good form by their representative stars Greg Bird and Nate Myles.

The Maroons stars are leading the way through the middle third.

Coach John Cartwright is sweating on the fitness of five-eighth Aidan Sezer,

He took a corked quad into Monday's game against the Cowboys and played an outstanding game.

Whether he can back-up six days later after copping another knock on the injury is the big question.

A warning for punters.

The last time a team followed up a Monday night victory with a win the next weekend was Manly late in 2013 but 11 games have gone since without a repeat.



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