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NRL: Panthers v Storm
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By Warren Anscombe @Warren_Anscombe

 

Panthers v Storm

 

The foot of the mountains is again the venue for Monday night football, when the Penrith Panthers host the Melbourne Storm.

The Storm have proved to be a bogey team for Penrith since their introduction to the competition, and go into this encounter off an emphatic last start win.

Melbourne have won 5 of the past 6 clashes against the panthers at this venue, as well as 18 of the last 25 meetings overall.

The Panthers were narrowly defeated 18-17 in Melbourne this year, which continued their poor record of just 1 victory against the Storm since 2005 (13 matches).

The majority of these encounters have also been low scoring affairs, with just 2 of the past 9 meetings at all grounds tallying over 36pts.

Despite a recent run of injuries, the Panthers continue to build an impressive home record having won 8 of their 9 clashes this season, as well as 8 of their past 9 home Monday night games.

This promises to be another tough, hard fought clash, however I think the class of Melbourne’s ‘Big 3’ will be just enough to get the visitors over the line.

Verdict:

Melbourne 1-12 at $3.1 with Screenshot 2014-05-03 13.10.10

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