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Panthers v Storm: Hosking in for Peachey; Hughes, Coates out

The Panthers and Storm meet in the match of the round at BlueBet Stadium on Friday night with both heavyweight clubs set to face off for another chapter that has seen plenty of rivalry in recent years. 

Penrith are on the cusp on an elusive and rare three-peat with many asking the question of just who can stop them in September as the finals run begins to heat up.

Melbourne will put their hand up and say they can but their inconsistency this season has been uncharacteristic for a Craig Bellamy side despite them well-placed in the top eight after 22 rounds. 

Both these sides only met a month ago at Marvel Stadium with the Panthers - minus Nathan Cleary - running down a Storm side who shot out to a 14-0 lead early. 

The contest provides the perfect opportunity for Bellamy's men to get into the groove of finals football while for Ivan Cleary's side they'll have one eye on the minor premiership with the Broncos giving them a good battle for top spot. 

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Team news

Panthers: One late change for the home side with Lindsay Smith set to start and Moses Leota switching back to the bench. The versatile Zac Hosking has been named to replace Tyrone Peachey (suspended) in the centres in the only main change to the side that beat the Sharks. Izack Tago (leg) dropped out of the extended squad on Thursday and will look to return in Round 24.

Storm: Changes galore for the visitors. Jahrome Hughes (illness) and Xavier Coates (hip) are both out with Jonah Pezet the new halfback and George Jennings coming onto the wing. Nelson Asofa-Solomona's return from a finger injury will be from the bench with Tom Eisenhuth to start and Tyran Wishart coming onto the interchange for Alec MacDonald, who drops out of the 17. Bronson Garlick will be 18th man.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Sunia Turuva
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Will Warbrick
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Zac Hosking
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Young Tonumaipea
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
    Winger for Storm is number 21 George Jennings
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
    Halfback for Storm is number 20 Jonah Pezet


  • Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Tui Kamikamica
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Mitch Kenny
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Panthers is number 15 Lindsay Smith
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Scott Sorensen
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Trent Loiero
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
    2nd Row for Storm is number 14 Tom Eisenhuth
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Josh King


  • Interchange for Panthers is number 8 Moses Leota
    Interchange for Storm is number 12 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Soni Luke
    Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tepai Moeroa
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Eliesa Katoa
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Jaeman Salmon
    Interchange for Storm is number 18 Tyran Wishart


  • Replacement for Panthers is number 19 Luke Garner
    Replacement for Storm is number 19 Bronson Garlick

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Stat Attack

  • The Panthers have won four of their past six games against the Storm since losing the 2020 grand final.
  • Storm have won seven of their past nine games against Penrith at BlueBet Stadium.
  • The Panthers have not beaten Melbourne twice in a regular season since 2005. 
  • Hooker Harry Grant has scored six tries in his past six games for the Storm.
  • The Panthers have won their past seven games at BlueBet Stadium.
  • Storm fullback Nick Meaney has landed 19 of his past 20 attempts at goal.
  • Panthers winger Brian To’o has scored 12 tries in his past nine games at BlueBet Stadium.

Stats supplied by David Middleton, League Information Services, author of the official annual of the NRL.

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Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.