2022-05-14 08:51:00

The two best teams over the last couple of years go head to head in the match of the season so far when the Panthers and Storm face-off on Saturday night.

Star Storm duo Ryan Papenhuyzen and Jahrome Hughes may have been ruled out of the clash, but the Panthers know not to take this juggernaut club lightly.

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Injuries to Papenhuyzen and Hughes have forced coach Craig Bellamy to make big changes to his spine.

Nick Meaney was originally named at fullback, but Tyran Wishart will instead fill in for Papenhuyzen, while Cooper Johns slots in at halfback for his first game of the season.

Reimis Smith is also out due to a pectoral injury he suffered last week with development player Marion Seve getting an opportunity in the centres.

The Panthers haven’t got a clean bill of health either. Coach Ivan Cleary has not made the trip to Magic Round after complications with the knee infection that also prevented him from attending last week’s game.

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While Cleary watched on from home last week the Panthers suffered their first loss of the season in a thrilling 22-20 upset to the Eels.

But in a boost, workhorse forward Scott Sorensen returns from an illness.

Assistant coaches Cameron Ciraldo and Andrew Webster will lead the side in Cleary’s absence.

Storm team: 15. Tyran Wishart 1. Nick Meaney 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 18. Cooper Johns 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King 14. Brandon Smith 16. Trent Loiero 17. Chris Lewis 23. Tui Kamikamica. 18th man: 21. Jayden Nikorima

Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon. 18th man: 18. Robert Jennings

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