However, the Storm's experience is going to be the difference. Just like it was for us in 2006.
Penrith could get over-awed by the occasion, but I don't think the match-up is similar to 2006. In that year, the Broncos had a clear cut advantage in the pack which they exploited by having Berrigan and Hodges in positions where they could get in and around the ruck. It was Webcke, Civoniceiva, Thorn, Thaiday & Carroll vs. White, Kaufusi, Kidwell, Hoffman & Johnson.
There isn't that type of disparity heading into the game. The Panthers pack is just as good if not better on paper, with Smith being the only point of difference when it comes to the starting pack. I would slightly favour the Storm's bench, but I wouldn't underestimate Penrith either - they don't lose much if anything once Leota and Tetevano come onto the field.