Written by Christopher Tearse
The pressure cooker, Penrith Panthers taking on the Melbourne Storm who can deal with pressure, it’s going to be hard for the Panthers to put up the same kind of performance they did against the Eels, coming off a disappointing loss while staging an impressive performance last week, the physicality needed two weeks in a row may prove to be too big of an ask to compete with the Storm, its a real test for the Penrith Panthers character and they will have to repeat last weeks efforts to possibly get this win over a confident Storm.
The Penrith Panthers
|Billy Burns||Kurt Capewell|
1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo
Reserves: 14. Matt Burton 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Moses Leota 17. Billy Burns 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Brent Naden 20. Jack Hetherington 21. Caleb Aekins
Coach: Ivan Cleary
The Melbourne Storm
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Justin Olam 4. Brenko Lee 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane
14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 18. Max King 19. Marion Seve 20. Jahrome Hughes 21. Paul Momirovski
Coach: Craig Bellamy
The last time these two teams met the Penrith Panthers at home were pummeled considerably by the Storm 32-2. Previously, in earlier years and most recent form, matches played between the Penrith Panthers and the Melbourne Storm have been heavily one-sided with the Storm winning 26/34 meaning 76% of their head to head matches, to make it worse for the Panthers the Storm have never lost at this venue.
Melbourne Storm for the Win.
If we had to pick a line?
Melbourne Storm -5.5
Nine (Sydney/Brisbane), GEM (Melbourne/Adelaide/Perth)
Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
NRL app: Live Pass or Telstra customers
Watch NRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific regions
Radio: ABC, 2GB/4BC