Penrith have recorded a shock 12-10 victory over reigning premiers Melbourne in front a hearty crowd of 7,803 at Centrebet Stadium tonight.
A tough opening exchange signalled that Penrith were here to play tonight and it shook the Storm who were looking for a bounce back win after the shock loss to Canberra.
On 13 minutes, their plan came to fruition, as David Simmons pounced on a Storm cut-out pass to race the rest of the way for the try.
After getting points on the board the Penrith halves took control of the game, forcing Slater to knock it dead several times. Walsh was the architect for the second try, floating a crossfield kick to Travis Robinson who planted it down to make it 8-0.
He was also involved for the third Panthers try. Walsh drew two defenders, got it to Moylan who sent David Simmons in for his brace and a double digit lead for Penrith over the reigning premiers going to the break.
Melbourne would have got a Sir Alex Ferguson style hair-dryer treatment from Craig Bellamy at halftime and it showed in their opening set. They showed more purpose than the whole first forty minutes.
It was the not surprisingly one of the big three, Cooper Cronk who laid on a kick for Waqa who got a fortuitous bounce from Robinson to get the easy try.
Storm moved within two points of the Panthers when a last ditch strip from Matt Moylan after a weaving Cameron Smith run was pounced on by Jesse Bromwich. The fans jeered the referee but it was the right call and it was game on again.
Melbourne threw all their might at the home side but weren't able to crack the Penrith side who recorded a rare victory over the Storm.