Melbourne's loss looks set to be the Queensland's gain with a rested and ready Billy Slater declaring himself ready to go for Origin II.
Cooper Cronk has picked up another Origin-period injury, but this time Melbourne are prepared with Ben Hampton joining the in-form Blake Green in the halves.
Walker's Perth form, the Titans' potent right edge, Canberra's record-breaking skipper, and the Cowboys' point-scoring spree. Key stats from Round 13.
Melbourne Storm halfback Cooper Cronk will be sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks after scans revealed a low-grade meniscus tear in his right knee.
Injured Storm pair Cooper Cronk (knee) and Billy Slater (shoulder) should be fit to take their place for Queensland in Holden State of Origin II.
In a dour 80 minutes, an error prone Panthers were shut out by an improved but underwhelming Storm side. Here are five of the key points from the win.
The Storm never really needed to get out of second gear in disposing of an error-prone Penrith outfit at Pepper Stadium on Saturday night.
Miraculous tries, big hits, and clutch plays... Here are Home Timber and Hardware's Hard Plays of the Month for May.
The Storm are reeling from last week's big loss to the Roosters while Penrith will be up against it after losing star fullback Matt Moylan.
Melbourne has been dealt a blow ahead of Saturday night's clash with Penrith with winger Marika Koroibete set to miss the next six weeks with a fractured thumb.