Melbourne facing finals uncertainty after costly errors saw the Roosters surge to a 24-12 win on Saturday night.
The Roosters' defensive resurgence has continued, helping deliver the premiers a gutsy 24-12 win over the Storm at a cold and wet Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
Melbourne have drawn the scheduling short straw at this stage of the season and coach Craig Bellamy is not pleased about it.
Phil Collins could feel it, and any league fan worth their salt should too; there's gonna be a dirty great waft of finals footy in the air come Saturday night.
When the Melbourne Storm take to the field on Saturday night one of rugby league's modern day champions will play game No.250 in the purple jersey.
Storm fullback Billy Slater believes the closest competition in 15 years could bring the NRL's first ever premiership-winner from outside the top four.
NSW Origin and Storm second-rower Ryan Hoffman has revealed how a post-Origin powwow with the team's senior players turned Melbourne's season around.
A pre-game pep-talk from Storm skipper Cameron Smith inspired his side to one of their best defensive performances of the season against Penrith on Monday.
Melbourne have kept their top four hopes alive by thundering to a 24-10 road win against Penrith on Monday night.
Two in-form top-five sides go head to head as they look to scrap their way towards a top-four finish when the Panthers host the Storm.