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The Panthers and Storm have been consistently among the competition’s top teams at this time of the year over the past few seasons, and once again they both sit inside the top four with the Panthers on the cusp of securing their second minor premiership in three years.

Penrith allayed fears that they would go into freefall without halfback Nathan Cleary in their side with a comfortable 26-6 victory over Canberra last week, with the performance showcasing the depth coach Ivan Cleary has at his disposal.

The Storm continued their return to form with a 32-14 win against the last-placed Titans, led by the brilliance of Cameron Munster, and have kept themselves in the driver’s seat when it comes to the battle for a place in the top four.  

Back in May when they last met it was the Panthers who came away with a 32-6 win at Suncorp Stadium as part of Magic Round.

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The Rundown

Team news

Panthers: Fullback Dylan Edwards has succumbed to injury, with Charlie Staines promoted to the starting line-up when the team was finalised 60 minutes before kick-off. Winger Taylan May dropped out on Wednesday with a shoulder injury, replaced in the starting side by Sunia Turuva. The new man on the bench is Robert Jennings. After initially being named on the reserves list Viliame Kikau has come into the starting side after recovering from a hip injury so Chris Smith drops out. Matt Eisenhuth will start at prop in place of the suspended James Fisher-Harris.

Storm: A late forward re-shuffle with Brandon Smith to start at lock and Tui Kamikamica moving from the interchange to the second-row. Josh King and Tom Eisenhuth drop back the bench. Cooper Johns looks set for an extended run in the halves, with Jahrome Hughes suffering a partial dislocation of his shoulder last week. Cameron Munster moves back to five-eighth with Nick Meaney returning from the concussion he suffered in Round 19. Centre Justin Olam is back from his COVID lay-off so Young Tonumaipea goes to the reserves.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Panthers is number 18 Charlie Staines
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
    Winger for Storm is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Izack Tago
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
  • Winger for Panthers is number 17 Sunia Turuva
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Xavier Coates
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jaeman Salmon
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Sean O'Sullivan
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Cooper Johns


  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 Moses Leota
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Panthers is number 10 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 22 Viliame Kikau
    2nd Row for Storm is number 15 Tui Kamikamica
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo
    Lock for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith


  • Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Mitch Kenny
    Interchange for Storm is number 11 Tom Eisenhuth
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Scott Sorensen
    Interchange for Storm is number 13 Josh King
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Spencer Leniu
    Interchange for Storm is number 16 Chris Lewis
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 20 Robert Jennings
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Tyran Wishart


  • Replacement for Panthers is number 19 J'maine Hopgood
    Replacement for Storm is number 18 Alec MacDonald

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

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Key match-up

Api Koroisau v Harry Grant: A month on from facing off in the Origin arena, the pair clash again at club level with their personal dual sure to be a crucial factor. Grant pushed through the full 80 minutes for the injury-hit Storm last week, topping the game for tackles made with 39 and running for 130 metres. Koroisau meanwhile was crucial to Penrith getting back to winning ways against the Raiders, scoring his side’s opening try in a 74-minute stint. He will again be an important part of the Panthers attack in the absence of Cleary and Jarome Luai.

Stat Attack

Despite both missing key attacking weapons, these sides found their mojo with ball in hand last week following some struggles in recent times. Melbourne’s 32 points scored against the Titans in round 21 was the most they have managed since round 15, while similarly Penrith’s 26-point haul against the Raiders was the most they have registered since round 16. The Panthers and Storm are the two highest scoring teams across the 2022 season, averaging 26.5 and 26.3 per game respectively.

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