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2023 PF Fri - Penrith 38-4 Melbourne @ Accor

Finals Week 3: Penrith v Melbourne

  • Penrith Panthers

    Votes: 32 76.2%
  • Melbourne Storm

    Votes: 10 23.8%
  • Draw after Golden Point

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .

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NRL 2023 - Finals Week 3
Penrith Panthers v Melbourne Storm
Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park / Wanngal, Sydney Olympic Park (TICKETS)
Friday 22 September 2023

NRL kickoff 7:50pm
Broadcast live on Nine Network, 9Now, Fox League and Kayo Sports.


1. Dylan Edwards 2. Sunia Turuva 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To'o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Scott Sorensen 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Jack Cogger 15. Lindsay Smith 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Luke Garner 18. Tyrone Peachey 19. Matt Eisenhuth 20. Zac Hosking 21. Luke Sommerton 22. Thomas Jenkins

Out: Tyrone Peachey (bench), Zac Hosking (bench)
In: Izack Tago (centre), Jarome Luai (five-eighth)
Changes: Luke Garner (centre to bench), Jack Cogger (five-eighth to bench)


1. Nick Meaney 2. William Warbrick 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Reimis Smith 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Tui Kamikamica 9. Harry Grant 10. Christian Welch 11. Trent Loiero 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Josh King 14. Tyran Wishart 15. Tom Eisenhuth 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Tariq Sims 18. Grant Anderson 19. Bronson Garlick 20. Sualauvi Faalogo 21. Tepai Moeroa 22. Chris Lewis

Out: Bronson Garlick (hooker)
In: Jahrome Hughes (halfback)
Changes: Tyran Wishart (halfback to bench), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (front row to bench), Harry Grant (bench to hooker), Christian Welch (bench to front row)


Referee: Adam GEE
Sideline Officials: Dave MUNRO, Chris SUTTON
Video Referee: Grant ATKINS​
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As a lifelong panthers fan, I hate to assume a win is in the bag as we have been known to f**k up a cup of coffee until the last few seasons. Expecting a tight game.


First Grade
As a lifelong panthers fan, I hate to assume a win is in the bag as we have been known to f**k up a cup of coffee until the last few seasons. Expecting a tight game.

Penrith used to try to make skinny full cream oat soy almond milk triple shot half strength long black lattes with a half teaspoon sugar and stevia mix. With beans from four continents grown at different altitudes.

Now it's instant coffee with hot water from the Zip tap. Boring as f**k but ready to go and gets the job done.

Ruby Roundhouse

First Grade
Hard to count out the storm in the finals, but the panthers will be too strong. Best defensive and attacking team all year, averaging 13 points against.. Everything to play for. This could get ugly. Raelene Castle levels of ugly.

Panthers 13+


It's incredible. How has it come to this. 3 teams I can't stand and a team going for 3 premierships and 4 grand finals in a row. I wouldn't hate Penrith in normal circumstances but they have won far too much.

I don't want any of them to win but by simply being the least worst club left I am forced to go for Penrith.


The result of this one is pretty obvious, we are quite lucky to be in a prelim tbh.
Happy to be able to watch this one with zero hope or expectation!


This will be the closer PF and storm a way better chance than they are being given IMO.

Penrith warm favourites but I can never count out a team with Hughes, Munster and grant in the spine. If they can hold their own up front they have a shot.

Penrith would do well to remember the situation in 2021 where things were reversed. I expect storm to bring that energy.

Panthers in a very tight contest.


I think PANTHERS will have too much across the park. Storm is too decimated with injury. Even at full strength they'd need to be near perfect to beat PENRITH, and Storm have been pretty inconsistent from week to week this season.

Unless Klein is named, he would 'manage' a closer game than it deserves.

This Year?

PENRITH have the rare opportunity to join the Roosters and Storm as the greatest clubs in the NRL era.

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