October 21, 2021

‘It’s a concern for Penrith’: Premiership-winner warns ‘tired’ Panthers could be walking into a Melbourne Storm ambush

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Prepare for another Melbourne Storm finals ambush – that’s the word from premiership-winner Matthew Johns who has labelled the Penrith Panthers “tired” ahead of their grand final qualifier against the Storm on Saturday.

The Panthers clinched a tight 8-6 win over Parramatta in a classic after going down to South Sydney in Week 1.

“What I see with Penrith… is there was talk after their first final loss to Souths that they looked tired,” Johns told SEN.

“I sort of rejected that a little bit, I just thought they were down on emotion and not as ramped up as they should have been thinking they’d roll over Souths.

“But I saw that Saturday night… I saw a tired football side.”

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Johns used Nathan Cleary and Isaah Yeo as examples of Penrith’s struggles.

“That’s the concern for me – Isaah Yeo went from being a creative player to just taking hit-ups.

“Even to the point where the other night I thought Nathan Cleary kicked really conservatively… there was none of those big towering bombs.

“It’s a concern for Penrith.”

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