Round 25 Preview - Storm V Panthers

Melbourne Storm V Penrith Panthers
Venue: AAMI Park
Date: 31 August 2018
Time: 7:55pm

Storm: 19. Jahrome Hughes 2. Justin Olam 3. Cheyse Blair 4. Curtis Scott 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Tim Glasby 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Joe Stimson 13. Dale Finucane
Interchange: 14. Kenneath Bromwich 15. Christian Welch 16. Tui Kamikamica 17. Sam Kasiano
Reserves: 18. Ryan Hoffman 21. Ryley Jacks

Panthers: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Josh Mansour 3. Waqa Blake 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Christian Crichton 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Trent Merrin 9. Wayde Egan 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. James Fisher-Harris
Interchange: 14. Tyrone May 15. Moses Leota 17. James Tamou 18. Sione Katoa
Reserves: 19. Jack Hetherington 20. Kaide Ellis

Match Preview
The Storm have faltered recently against the Sharks and Bunnies at a time where they usually are ramping up heading into the finals. They will need to win this one to take the minor premiership (again.. sigh). The Panthers are looking to hit back against the critics with a win this week, bolstered with the return of Maloney from injury. This should prove to be an interesting game.

Key Matchups
Battle of the five-eigths.. well the return of Maloney will provide some much needed direction and boost to the Panthers, he will be facing off against Munster, who recently has provided some much needed stability in the Storm halves with Bellamy testing 3 seperate halfbacks this season in a bid to work out what to do since Cronk went to the Roosters.

Jeremy's Prediction
After the thumping they got from the Warriors last week, the Panthers will be trying to get some much needed respect back. But against the Storm at AAMI park, the Panthers will most likely struggle even with Maloney back. Actually I take that back. With Slater out, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Brandon Smith all out and Will Chambers suspended, the Maloney Cleary show might be in full effect tonight - Panthers in a close one 4 points


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