Panthers vs Storm
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Friday 17th July
Coming off back to back wins the Panthers Holden Cup team are in some great form. Their next test doesn’t get any easier with a trip away from home to face the Melbourne Storm.
Cameron Ciraldo’s side has recaptured the form that has seen them surge to the top of the ladder and his youngsters are turning heads in 2015. A solid win against the Roosters last week has given the Panthers every reason to believe that they are a genuine premiership contender.
Ciraldo has made a couple of changes to his line-up to face the Storm. Coming off selection for the Australian Schoolboys team Nathan Cleary starts the game at halfback and Dylan Edwards has retained his spot in the fullback jersey. The coach is expecting a few late changes closer to kick-off as a result of injuries in the first grade side.
The Storm has kept their finals hopes well and truly alive in recent weeks. They’re currently 10th in the competition and sit just one victory away from potentially forcing their way into the top eight.
This is the point in the season where teams are ready to do whatever it takes to secure finals football. The Panthers have a fight on their hands to clinch the premiership and the chasing pack is hoping for a slip up from Penrith. It is time to show the competition that the young Panthers are up to the challenge.
PENRITH PANTHERS | Dylan Edwards, Jake Ennis, Brent Naden, Jack Nelson, Christian Crichton, Sam Elwin, Nathan Cleary, Stanton Albert, Soni Luke, Oliver Clark, Corey Waddell, Tyrone May, Paea Pua
INTERCHANGE Corey Harawira-Naera, Thompson Tuigamala, Cowen Epere, Dylan Fuad, Reed Izzard.