The Storm have kept their perfect 2010 NRL record intact, skipping away from the fading Panthers at CUA Stadium tonight to win 16-10.
The problem remains for Penrith, they can’t seem to stay with teams in the backend of games and coach Matt Elliott may want to look at fitness issues as his chargers seem to lose focus.
Penrith did have some chances late in the piece, but struggled with consistent attack. At times they relied on the brilliance of Jennings alone and couldn’t continually heap pressure on the solid Storm.
For Melbourne, the returning Cooper Cronk did a good job considering the length of time he’s been away from the game. Coming off from an injury during a long offseason, Cronk slipped nicely back into the Premiership winning team.
The Storm aren’t quite in top gear just year, but their still unbeaten and other teams will be worried about what the Storm can do when they finally click.
The big positive for Melbourne is their ability to discover, unearth or rediscover NRL talent.
Luke McDougall again played well and the speedy flanker was amongst the points for his side. Finch too performed well and has never looked back since relocating from Parramatta.
Melbourne should be been further ahead at the break, but botched a few early chances in their initial raids.
The loss will be a frustration for the Panthers who showed good promise in the pre-season and looked the goods with new faces and players returning from injury. Penrith did seem to miss Burns and he will be welcomed back with open arms when he lines up next for the side.
The Panthers are away to the Knights next weekend and the Storm lineup against fellow front runners the Dragons in a big clash.