How to watch Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers NRL live and match preview
Last year's grand finalists Melbourne and Penrith meet again in a headline clash in round 20.
NRL heavyweights Melbourne and Penrith renew acquaintances in a match that could determine which of these powerhouse teams finish on top of the NRL ladder come the end of the home and away season.
Penrith gained slight revenge on the team that beat them in last year's grand final when they defeated the Storm 12-10 in round 3 this season. The Storm haven't lost a game since then – their win against North Queensland last round marking the first time in the club's history they've amassed 15 straight victories in the same season.
This is a showcase affair between titans of the NRL. A clash you simply shouldn't miss.
When is Storm vs Panthers?
Storm vs Panthers is being played on Sunday 1 August 4:05pm AEST at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. While it was meant to be played on Saturday 31 July all NRL matches were postponed yesterday due to Brisbane's snap lockdown.
How to watch Storm vs Panthers online
Channel 9, 9Now, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are your options for watching Melbourne vs Penrith. While this game was originally a Fox League exclusive the rejig of the NRL draw will now see the 2020 Grand Final rematch be simulcast between Fox Sports and Channel 9.
Stream Storm vs Panthers on Kayo Sports
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Storm vs Panthers match preview
Melbourne sit top of the table and have done so for 6 rounds all up this season. Penrith, meanwhile, spent 11 weeks on top of the NRL ladder before losing ground to the Storm during the Origin series.
This game hinges on defence. Namely, Penrith's defence. Both teams have amassed 16 wins and 2 losses for the season. The Storm have set about smashing every team they come up against since their round 3 loss to the Panthers. They have the NRL's best attack and second-best defensive record. Penrith are fourth for attack and first for defence.
The Panthers missed a mammoth 66 tackles against a plucky Brisbane last round. They simply can't afford to be so lax this outing. Melbourne has scored 89 points more than any other team in 2021. That's an incredible number.
The Storm had an off week last week, scoring just 20 points to barely account for the Cowboys. NRL megastar – and reason alone to watch any Melbourne game – Josh Addo-Carr scored 2 tries, including the 100th of his career.
Addo-Carr's brilliance could be the difference in this match and in the eventual premier this season.
Storm vs Panthers team lists
Storm: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 16. Chris Lewis 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen 119. Harry Grant 20. Jordan Grant 21. Isaac Lumelume 22. Tepai Moeroa
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Brent Naden 5. Robert Jennings 6. Matt Burton 7. Jarome Luai 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. Liam Martin 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Matthew Eisenhuth 14. Izack Tago 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. J'maine Hopgood 18. Paul Momirovski 19. Jaemon Salmon
Update: We republished this article at 10:1am AEST Sunday 1 August with the revised broadcast schedule and kick-off time for Storm vs Panthers.
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