Hostplus NRL Preview: Round 5

The Panthers travel south of the border to take on an undefeated Melbourne Storm outfit at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Anthony Griffin has named an unchanged line-up from the one that beat Newcastle Knights 40-0 last Friday. James Fisher-Harris is named in the 21-man squad as he fights his way back to full fitness following a fractured cheekbone suffered a fortnight ago.

For the Storm, Craig Bellamy is able to recall Jordan McLean, who missed their last-start victory over Wests Tigers, with Cameron Welch dropping back to the bench. Fijian winger Suliasi Vunivalu is being given every chance to make his return, after being named on the reserves list.

The Panthers had the perfect preparation leading in to this weekend’s clash, holding their opponents scoreless and piling on the points on the back of a dominant display by the forwards. 

Reagan Campbell-Gillard led the way for his side, running for over 200 metres and making twenty tackles. James Tamou, Isaah Yeo and Trent Merrin each made valuable contributions with ball in hand, while Corey Harawira-Naera crossed over for his first try on debut.