Tyrone May will be thrown into the Penrith Panthers’ starting side for Sunday’s NRL grand final and given the task of shutting down Melbourne’s lethal left-edge duo of Justin Olam and Josh Addo-Carr.
The Herald can reveal Penrith will roll the dice for a second consecutive week, with coach Ivan Cleary opting to start May at right-centre alongside winger Brian To’o, winning the nod over Brent Naden. Naden was named at centre on Tuesday, but the 24-year-old will start the game on the bench as part of a late reshuffle to the minor premiers’ line-up.
Penrith are reluctant to go into the game without a specialist outside-back option on a bench that will also include Kurt Capewell, Moses Leota and former Roosters prop Zane Tetevano.
Veteran Dean Whare, 20-year-old prop Spencer Leniu, five-eighth Matt Burton and back-up hooker Mitch Kenny are all expected to be dropped from the 21-man squad Cleary named earlier in the week.