Last time Melbourne and Penrith met back in Round 2, Storm claimed a nail-biting victory, defeating the Panthers 18-17 at AAMI Park. in front of 13,925 loyal fans.
In Billy Slater and Cameron Smith’s milestone match, Cooper Cronk’s field goal with under a minute left on the clock proved the difference between the two sides.
Befitting what was a classic encounter, Penrith’s never say die attitude gave the visitors a late attempt on goal after the final siren to snatch victory. Peter Wallace’s effort fell short, sending the home crowd into raptures.
Melbourne Storm 18
Tries: Kevin Proctor 10m, Mahe Fonua 14m, Sisa Waqa 31m
Goals: Cameron Smith 2
Field goals: Cooper Cronk 2
Penrith Panthers 17
Tries: Kevin Naiqama 27m, Kevin Naiqama 35m, Josh Mansour 44m
Goals: Peter Wallace 1
Field goals: Peter Wallace 1