Friday’s (17/07/2015) second NRL 2015 Round 19 match is between Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:45 local time with the game to be played at AAMI Park. The home team Melbourne Storm are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers.
When: 19:45 | Friday 17/07/2015
Where: AAMI Park
Tip: Melbourne Storm at $1.39
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Richie Kennar at $10.00
1 Cameron Munster 2 Marika Koroibete 3 Will Chambers 4 Hymel Hunt 5 Richard Kennar 6 Blake Green 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith (c) 10 Tim Glasby 11 Kevin Proctor 12 Tohu Harris 13 Dale Finucane Interchange 14 Ryan Hinchcliffe 15 Kenny Bromwich 16 Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17 Felise Kaufusi.
1 Dallin Watene Zelezniak 2 Waqa Blake 3 Dean Whare 4 Isaah Yeo 5 David Simmons 6 Jamie Soward 7 Peter Wallace (c) 8 Nigel Plum 9 Apisai Koroisau 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11 Sika Manu 12 Bryce Cartwright 13 Elijah Taylor Interchange 14 Lewis Brown 15 Jeremy Latimore 16 Sam McKendry 17 Tyrone Peachey.
Penrith winger David Simmons will undergo scans on Monday to determine the extent of a hamstring injury suffered in Saturday night’s 24-4 NRL defeat to the Roosters.
Simmons, 30, came off midway through the first half and failed to return.
With Josh Mansour (knee), George Jennings (leg), Jamal Idris (ACL), and Matt Moylan (ankle) also on the sidelines, the Panthers will be sweating on a positive outcome.
“He had a bit of a hamstring issue and he was at a stage where he basically felt it was going to go,” coach Ivan Cleary said after the game.
“I guess the good news is he didn’t play on and make it worse.”
But while the squad is facing a backline crisis, hooker James Segeyaro is inching towards a return from his knee injury.
The Panthers have missed the dynamic play from their star No.9, who hasn’t played since tearing his medial against Canterbury in Round 15.
“[Segeyaro] is close but not exactly sure if it’ll be next week or the one after,” Cleary said.
“That hasn’t been an issue for us though. We had 17 fit guys out there who were beaten by a better team.”
Cleary accused his side of not turning up mentally prepared to take on a Roosters side that dominated the middle third.
Four Roosters forwards – led by prop Jared Warea-Hargeaves – cracked the 100-metre mark as their bigger pack exposed a frail Panthers midfield.
“It was pretty much one way traffic,” Cleary said.
“We couldn’t contain their go forward and I was disappointed with our defence too. I thought it just wasn’t up to it.
“We looked the best on our goal-line but it was just a bit too easy to get down there.
“We probably didn’t turn up with the right attitude defensively and once they got a sniff they were very hard to stop – they’re a very powerful team.”
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