The two powerhouses will go head-to-head at Accor Stadium on Friday night, with the market not missing the reigning champions at $1.17.
After claiming the minor premiership with four wins from their last five games, the Panthers dismantled the Warriors 32-6 in the opening round of finals before taking a well-earnt break last week.
That rest has worked wonders for Ivan Cleary’s outfit as Jarome Luai (shoulder) and Izack Tago (pectoral) prepare to return to the starting line-up.
While the path to the prelims hasn’t been nearly as simple for the Storm, they bounced back from a demoralising loss to the Broncos with a five-point victory over the Roosters last week. It took a bit of Will Warbrick magic in the game’s final two minutes to secure the win, but the extra week has given Jahrome Hughes time to recover from his calf injury.
History is there for the taking for the Panthers as they enter the match, having won their past seven finals. More importantly, they’ve defeated the Storm in four of their past five clashes, giving Craig Bellamy, Cameron Munster, and the playing group a lot to think about before Friday night.
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Leg 1: Panthers to winLeg 2: Over 38.5 pointsLeg 3: S. Crichton score anytimeLeg 4: N. Meaney score anytimeTotal: $13