Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers: NRL live scores, blog
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Melbourne Vs. Penrith
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 5 August, 2012
|AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC|
|Melbourne 46 defeated Penrith 6|
|Referee: Ashley Klein|
|Touch judges: J Walsh & B Wood|
The Melbourne Storm are in dire need of a win but they will get no favours when they face a Penrith Panthers side on a two-match winning streak. Join us for live scores and commentary from 3.30pm AEST.
The Storm are under huge pressure to defeat Penrith today and steady their faltering premiership campaign.
After seemingly cantering their way to the minor premiership two months ago, Melbourne have unravelled and are staring down the barrel of an unprecedented six match losing streak.
The return of Billy Slater last week failed to ignite Melbourne, as they were outmuscled and outplayed by the Dragons.
Despite their horror run, Melbourne still finds itself in third position and remains well in the running for the premiership.
The Storm however really must win today to reignite momentum heading into the finals, and they will have to muscle up to get the best of Penrith today.
The Storm’s huge drop in form is evident for all to see. Their attack is nowhere near as dynamic as it was earlier in the season and their defence now appears paper thin.
Despite their low position on the NRL ladder, Penrith will quietly fancy their chances of causing the upset today, thus further unravelling Melbourne’s premiership hopes.
The Storm has been vulnerable upfront, and this is the area where the Panthers will look to dominate if they are to emerge with their third straight win.
Forwards such as Sam McKendry, Tim Grant and Clint Newton are capable of dominating upfront for Penrith, and if they do, it will go a long way to keeping Storm trio Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater quite.
The Storm trio are at their best when they have space to operate within the middle third of the field, so the Panthers will be well served to stay on their toes around dummy-half.
Given Melbourne’s recent poor form and Penrith’s mini winning run, this game could very well be decided in the opening twenty minutes.
If the Storm can start well Smith, Cronk and Slater will regain confidence and dictate proceedings.
If the Panthers however remain well within reach after halftime, Penrith’s chances of causing the upset will increase significantly, and the Storm may just have to play ugly to secure a much needed win.
Storm by 6
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