just watched the replay of the Storm v Panthers game played in May 2020 where we prevailed 21-14
Storm will run out almost the exact squad save for their 7 and Addo Carr will play while we won’t have Whare or Burns, which is a plus in my view for us
The game is really a template of how our game progressed through the year and believe will be almost identical to how we will play them tomorrow.
The game was played on a cold and dewy night and we had a great completion rate with few errors and as usual Storm got all the 6 again calls and their holding us down was truly on display.
For us to win tomorrow night we will need a completion rate above 80% with minimum errors and believe one way to overcome Storm’s holding tactics is offloads.
If we can keep up a rate of offloads we will force quicker play the balls and open them up.
On their weaknesses, Vunavalu loves to race up in defence aka Ferguson from Parra and will provide opportunities for Luai to open them up
Munster also likes to move up and has a good read of plays but again if he rushes and we can get an offload away we create numbers on their weakest defensive side.
On players i think Cleary will stand up and show the world class player he is but he will be helped by Api and Luai. If these 3 are on, it just opens up chances everywhere.
They will target Cleary hard so hopefully we have come up with a tactic to overcome them trying to shut him down.
We need the team to compete with our forwards as touched on working their hearts out to give Cleary and Luai room to weave magic.
I really believe we got our bad game out of the way last week and we have really matured as a playing group this year where we have relied on our processes to get the job done.
For us to win we simply will need to maintain pressure for 80 minutes, Storm are resilient and experienced at this level and on these occasions but our group can get the job done.
Strap yourselves in, this game will be a beauty and one to remember for a long long time.
Panthers to win and going away with it.