All eyes are on Storm captain Cameron Smith. Will he retire after a peerless 430 matches across 19 seasons?
He's given nothing away despite the intense interest, but the scenes at Suncorp Stadium after Melbourne's preliminary final win over Canberra were perhaps indicative of a man bidding farewell.
The Panthers are shooting for 18 straight victories, led by star halfback Nathan Cleary and his father, coach Ivan.
Penrith are conceding vast experience to the Storm, but they're yet to be overawed as belief courses through them.