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Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers: NRL live scores, blog, highlights

1st April, 2017


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Storm vs Panthers

NRL, 1 April, 2017

Fulltime - Storm 28, Panthers 6
Storm   Panthers
Referee: Ashley Klein
Touch judges: Brett Suttor & Jason Walsh
Video Referee: Ben Galea
Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne
When: 7:30 (AEDT)
TV: Live, Fox League
Betting: Melbourne $1.56, Penrith $2.45

Melbourne Storm
1. Billy Slater, 2. Young Tonumalpea, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Cheyese Blair, 5. Joshua Addo-Carr, 6. Rylee Jacks, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Dale Finucane
Interchange: 14. Christian Welch, 15. Tim Galsby, 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 17. Joe Stimson, 18. Mark Nicholls, 19. Tui Kamikamica, 20. Jeremy Hawkings, 21. Suliasi Vunivalu

Penrith Panthers
1. Matthew Moylan (c), 2. Dean Whare, 3. Waqa Blake, 4. Tyrone Peachey, 5. D Watene-Zelezniak, 6. Te Maire Martin, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. James Tamou, 9. Peter Wallace, 10. R Campbell-Gillard, 11. Corey Harawira- Naera, 12. Issah Yeo, 13. Trent Merrin
Interchange: 14. Peta Hiku, 15. Leilani Lattu, 16. Viliame Kikau, 17. Sitaleki Akauola, 18. Moses Leota, 19. Tim Browne, 20. Sione Katoa, 21. James Fisher-Harris
Melbourne have been a successful side for years, despite having a small network of juniors. (AAP Image/David Moir)
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Match result:

The Melbourne Storm ran out 28-6 winners against the Penrith Panthers. In a fixture in which the Panthers have struggled in, they threw everything against Melbourne but were met with a side with great resilience and determination in the Storm.

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Final score
Melbourne Storm 28
Penrith Panthers 6

Match preview:

The Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers are meeting for the 32nd time, this time at AMMI park. Join The Roar for live scores from the match and a live blog of the game, starting from 7:30pm (AEDT).

After four games, the Storm are undefeated, with wins against a tough Broncos outfit and brilliant performances against the Bulldogs, Warriors and Tigers. Also of note is that the return of Billy Slater has provided a positive team atmosphere.

The Panthers have started the season relatively well, with commanding wins against Newcastle and the Tigers, but also a tight loss to the Roosters and a trashing at the hands of St George.

In recent years, Penrith have not enjoyed facing Melbourne, only winning seven times from 31 outings, and suffering an 18-point loss in their last game.


Both teams have suffered injuries to key players, with Cameron Munster out for Melbourne with a jaw problem until at least Round 8, and Josh Mansour out with a knee injury until mid-season for the Panthers.

Players to watch include youngster Ryley Jacks, who has impressed many after already having scored for the Storm, and Tyrone Peachey, who has been performing strongly for Penrith.

The Panters came into this season touted by many as premiership favourites and so getting a win here to end Melbourne’s unbeaten run would be an excellent feather in their cap after an inconsistent first couple of weeks.

However, that will be a tough task indeed given the Storm have the home ground advantage and the confidence that comes from being without a loss to date.

Melbourne have been outstanding this season, and their dominant record over Penrith suggests the Storm will continue their perfect start.

Melbourne by 14.

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