Panthers Face Daunting Task

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James Segeyaro has revelled in his role at Penrith. Gregg Porteous/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 22 2012 – Melbourne Storm 46 d Penrith Panthers 6 at AAMI Park
Round 9 2012 – Melbourne Storm 44 d Penrith Panthers 10 at Panthers Stadium
Round 22 2011 – Melbourne Storm 26 d Penrith Panthers 6 at AAMI Park
Round 6 2011 – Melbourne Storm 25 d Penrith Panthers 10 at Panthers Stadium
Round 20 2010 – Melbourne Storm 18 d Penrith Panthers 10 at AAMI Park

Current Form

  Rd 4    Rd 5    Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8 
Panthers

L

L

L

W

L

Storm

W

W

W

W

L


The Panthers  lost their sixth match in seven outings when going down 30-6 to the Roosters last weekend and things don’t get any easier on Sunday when they tackle the Storm . Coach Ivan Cleary has already used 26 players in the top grade this season and is set to throw two more debutants to the wolves, with Isaac John and Sam Anderson to debut for the club against the defending premiers.

Melbourne has the unfamiliar feeling of backing up after a loss last week, with their 24-20 defeat to the Raiders the first match that they have lost since July last year. Slade Griffin, Kenny Bromwich and Lagi Setu have been added to the squad from last week, while Brett Finch has again been named on the bench despite playing just three minutes against Canberra.

1st Tryscorer

Travis Robinson  made his first appearance of the season in the Panthers 44-12 victory over Parramatta a fortnight ago and made an instant impression, registering the first points of the match in the second minute and adding another four pointer before halftime.

While everyone has been talking about the form of Greg Inglis this season, Billy Slater  has quietly been going about his business. He has got across the line six times in eight appearances for the Storm this season and has a two tries and four linebreaks to show for his work in the last two rounds.

Prediction

Canberra may have ended the Storm’s 15 match winning run last weekend but lightning isn’t likely to strike twice. The last time that Melbourne tasted defeat was in round 21 last season and they came out and belted the Panthers by 40 points a week later. There is a good chance that the Panthers will feel the full force of Melbourne’s fury again this time around. Melbourne Storm 13+

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