2020 NRL – Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Friday 19th June, 2020 – 10:55 (UK)

Where is Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm? 12c, clear skies

What channel is Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

PENRITH PANTHERS

Starting 13: Edwards, Mansour, Whare, Crichton, To’o, Luai, Cleary, Tamou, Koroisau, Fisher-Harris, Kikau, Martin, Yeo – Interchanges: Burton, Tetevano, Leota, Burns – Reserves: Hetherington, Aekins

Unavailable: Kurt Capewell (Injured)

  • Penrith Panthers were unable to maintain their unbeaten start to the season as they lost their Western Sydney derby with Parramatta Eels despite leading 0-10 with under 20 minutes of the game remaining
  • The Panthers started to fatigue in the second period as a long spell of sustained pressure from the Eels finally saw them cave defensively with three tries in a six-minute spell turning the game on its head and the weight of possession eventually proved too much to deal with.
  • The Panthers will need to cut down on their defensive lapses as they come up against Melbourne Storm having missed 38 tackles last week but they are boosted by the return of fullback Dylan Edwards who comes in for Caleb Aekins while Billy Burns replaces the injured Kurt Capewell.

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Vunivalu, Olam, Lee, Momirovski, Munster, Jacks, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Welch, Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Finucane – Interchanges: B. Smith, Faasuamaleaui, Eisenhuth, Asofa-Solomona – Reserves: King, Seve

Unavailable: Tui Kamikamica (Injured), Sandor Earl (Injured), Josh Addo-Carr (Personal Reasons), Jahrome Hughes (Injured)

  • Melbourne Storm overcame what could have been a potentially tricky contest against Newcastle Knights as they produced their best 40-minute performance of the season in the first half which proved enough to make it four wins from five for the year.
  • The Storm went into the break with a 2-18 lead thanks to a dominant and clinical display and they were able to fend-off a comeback from the Knights in the second period with a 90% completion rate allowing Craig Bellamy’s side to see out what was a professional performance.
  • Jahrome Hughes had been named on the extended bench for the Storm but his broken hand will keep him out for at least another week while Josh Addo-Carr will be absent due to the imminent arrival of his child with Paul Momirovski named to make his first appearance following his arrival on a loan swap deal from Wests Tigers

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne Storm showed their class with a solid first half performance against Newcastle Knights last week and they will mount a serious assault on the Premiership if they can maintain that level throughout the season. They will be keen to back that up against a Penrith Panthers side that blew a 10-point lead in the final quarter of their Western Sydney derby with Parramatta Eels last week but they defended well for the vast majority of that match and with an even share of possession here, this should be a real arm wrestle that should see no more than 37 points.

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