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Weather could force game-plan tweaks for Storm

Melbourne assistant coach Ryan Hinchcliffe says greasy conditions would force the Storm to tone down an all-guns-blazing approach in Sunday's grand final against Penrith.

But he's confident they boast the versatility to prevail no matter what the weather gods produce at ANZ Stadium in Homebush. 

The Storm blitzed the Raiders in last week's preliminary final with four tries in the opening 22 minutes and racked up 36 points in their first-up playoffs victory over Parramatta at a dry Suncorp Stadium.

"There will be some adjusting to the conditions, there's no doubt about that. Obviously there's some rain probably today and there'll be some rain there tomorrow," Hinchliffe said on Saturday.

"We'll have to tweak a few things with what we do when we've got the ball. But we've got a style of footy that we think can hold up. That's in dry and that's in wet as well.

"It's a little bit more around the decision-making of your catching, your passing and being a little bit selective with not putting your teammates under too much pressure.

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"I think the conditions will obviously play a part. The team that probably adapts to the conditions of the game will go a long way to getting the result they want."

The fact that biosecurity measures have prevented Melbourne from basing themselves in Sydney for the week and having a training gallop at the grand final venue doesn't worry Hinchcliffe either.

"We played Souths there, I think it might have been about round 17. So that's probably about six or seven weeks ago," he said.

"So it wasn't that long ago that our players have been there, played on that field. Most of them have played on it before.

"We trained at this Sunshine Coast Stadium all year ... So we've kept things as normal as possible."

Out Penrith way, Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo insisted "everything went smooth" as the minor premiers wrapped up their preparation.

"The whole week's been really good. Just sitting around with the staff then, we're really happy about the way the week's gone and wouldn't change a thing," Ciraldo said.

"This year's been really routine for us and coming here [to Panthers Stadium] on our last two days leading into the game has been working well for us and we felt like we wanted to keep our preparations as normal as possible.

"So we decided to train here last night as we normally would and train at [ANZ Stadium] this morning as we would for a normal game.

"You can tell there's an excitement in the air but they've handled themselves well. They're relaxed, they've ticked every box in their preparation so they're ready to go for tomorrow."

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Both camps are keeping a lid on any late changes. The Storm are weighing up whether to bring prop Tui Kamikamica, who hasn't played since round 20 with an ankle injury, onto the bench in place of utility Nicho Hynes.

Hinchcliffe said coach Craig Bellamy would make a "gut feel" call.

Ciraldo, meanwhile, shed little light on another potential swap between starting centre Brent Naden and interchange utility Tyrone May.

However, May spent some time training in the centres on Saturday.

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