NRL Previews - Panthers v Storm (Round 6)

17-04-2011 03:00PM at Centrebet Stadium Penrith

Referees: Ben Cummins and Chris James
Touch Judges: David Abood and Henry Peranara
Video Referee: Russell Smith

You could not find two more contrasting football teams. The Panthers of recent years have been inconsistent, reliant upon only a handful of players and have disappeared in some big games. The Storm, on the other hand, have been a model of week-to-week consistency, have talent across the park in attack and defence and have done nothing but win the big games. Whilst some of this can be explained away via the Salary Cap scandal of 2010, Melbourne's performances this year suggest otherwise.

They defend for 80 minutes, they are clinical in attack and they have enough firepower to blow you off the park in a hurry. This is exactly what will happen on Sunday afternoon at Centrebet Stadium. The Panthers will lift as they do but will drop their guard long enough for the visitors to punish them. It will be hard going for Luke Walsh and Kevin Kingston as they are out-gunned in the end by Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith.

My Tip: Storm 18-10

The Teams

  Penrith Panthers               Melbourne Storm 
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N. Smith
L. Coote
L. Lewis
D. Laurie
1. Michael GordonFullback1. Billy Slater
2. Sandor EarlWing2. Matt Duffie
3. Michael JenningsCentre3. Dane Nielsen
4. Brad TigheCentre4. Beau Champion
5. David SimmonsWing5. Anthony Quinn
6. Travis BurnsFive Eighth6. Gareth Widdop
7. Luke WalshHalfback7. Cooper Cronk
8. Tim GrantProp8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Kevin KingstonHooker9. Cameron Smith
10. Petero CivonicevaProp10. Bryan Norrie
11. Trent WaterhouseSecond Row11. Adam Blair
12. Nigel PlumSecond Row12. Kevin Proctor
13. Sarafu FatiakiLock13. Todd Lowrie
14. Nafe SeluniInterchange14. Adam Woolnough
15. Matthew BellInterchange15. Atelia Vea
16. Timana TahuInterchange16. Ryan Hinchcliffe
17. Sam McKendryInterchange17. Jaiman Lowe
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T. Thompson
S. Manu
C. Stanley
S. Kite

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 20 AAMI Park, Melbourne Melbourne Storm 18-10
2010 NRL - Round 3 CUA Stadium Melbourne Storm 16-10
2009 Round 5 Olympic Park, Melbourne Melbourne Storm 16-14
2008 Round 24 CUA Stadium Melbourne Storm 40-6
2007 Round 6 Olympic Park Melbourne Storm 30-20

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