The Panthers bounced back from their first loss of the season and defeated the brave but undercrowded Storm 32: 6 team at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
The clash of the leading competitors was considered the match of the season, but Melbourne lost Kiwi semi-defender Jahrome Hughes before the start due to a calf injury.
With Star Back Ryan Papenhuyzen and Assault Center Reimis Smith already out, their attack was suppressed.
Rookies Cooper Johns and Tyrant Wishart were called in to replace Hughes and Papenhuyzen, but the sons of former Kangaroos, Matt Johns and Rod Wishart, had a hard evening as Penrith roared to his ninth victory of the season.
Cameron Munster did what he could to ignite the Storm, but the superstar Eighth Eighth failed to stop the Panthers from having the biggest 25-year victory between the two clubs.
Penrith was without coach Ivan Cleary for a second week for health reasons and kept in touch with assistants Cameron Cirald and Andrew Webster during the match, but he had little to do.
The Panthers were so dominant that Jarome Luai and Isaah Yeo were able to rest at the end of the second half.
Snapshot of the match
- The Panthers quickly dropped 22:20 with Parramatta last week as Nathan Cleary and Isaah Yeo teamed up before Jarome Luai overshot Izack Tag’s center in the sixth minute.
- When Fiji striker Viliame Kikau soared over Marion Seve to catch Cleary’s cross in the 10th minute and score, the prime ministers scored in a better than even time.
The fantastic Fijian Kikau is leaving
- The Storm was hungry for possession of the ball, but the star’s fifth eighth Cameron Munster managed to return them to the game in the 18th minute, when he followed the theft of a one-on-one perfectly placed kick across the field for the unmarked Nick Meaney. score.
Magic Munster finds Meaney in the corner
- Munster then came up with another big game for his side when he lifted Stephen Crichton over the tryline five minutes before half time, but Meaney’s high intervention at Dylan Edwards allowed Cleary to kick a goal from the penalty.
- Tag’s second attempt, just two minutes later after Melbourne defender Tyran Wishart dropped Luia’s bomb, turned out to be a hammer blow to Storm as they took a 20-6 break.
Tago jumps at Wishart for a second
- Luai then scored his attempt in the 55th minute after Cleary found Kikau with a short pass and the star’s second rower managed to get an offload on NSW and Samoa in fifth-eighth place.
- In the 62nd minute, Crichton’s attempt threatened to make the score ugly for Melbourne, but they never gave up and Penrith did not score again.
The Panthers find space and Crichton finds the line
The weather was appalling, but the Panthers weren’t afraid to play enterprising football and quickly put on Storm backs when their three main creators, Nathan Cleary, Isaah Yeo and Jarome Luai, teamed up on Izack Tag’s first attempt at six. minute.
Tago opens the score in a mammoth clash
What they said
“Honestly, it wasn’t any better from the start. The second half just strangled us. We had a couple of guys out there, but you expect the guys who come to do the job. It’s probably a game. After three or four weeks, we needed “where we won really well. With all due respect, it was good to meet tonight. Maybe we didn’t go as well as people thought.” – Storm coach Craig Bellamy.
Storm: Round 10
“It wasn’t a normal week and he could have distracted us if we wanted to. Ivan was missing and really wanted to fly up. I thought they were really good. I thought Nathan had mastered the game, especially in the second one.” half. Both teams will be better the next time we face each other. “- Assistant coach Panthers Cameron Ciraldo.
Panthers: Round 10
What will be next
The Storm travel to North Queensland to play against the formal Cowboys next Saturday, while the Panthers will face the Sydney Roosters in the SCG later that night.
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy will be hoping for Kiwis Jahrome Hughes, a half-defender, to return to the board after he late checked out against Penrith due to a calf injury.
Winger Xavier Coates battled a groin injury during the second half, while Nick Meaney was reported for a high shot at Dylan Edwards.
Nelson Asofa-Solomon’s support had a knee brace after the match.
Panthers coach Nathan Cleary will be hoping to return to the board next week after being forced to watch the last two distance matches for health reasons.