2020 NRL – Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Thursday 25th June, 2020 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? 12c, clear skies

What channel is Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

PENRITH PANTHERS

Starting 13: Edwards, Mansour, Whare, Crichton, To’o, Luai, Cleary, Tamou, Koroisau, Fisher-Harris, Kikau, Martin, Yeo – Interchanges: Burton, Tetevano, Leota, Burns – Reserves: Naden, May

Unavailable: Kurt Capewell (Injured)

  • Penrith Panthers produced their best display of the season as they proved to be too good for Melbourne Storm in what was the perfect response to their narrow defeat in the Western Sydney derby against Parramatta Eels in their previous outing.
  • The Panthers rolled down the field in a dominant showing as they made an average of 48.3 metres per set, a huge difference to the Storm’s 36.1m per set and having amassed 1,737m in that contest, their total for the season now stands at league-high of 11,536m.
  • That could be an area where Penrith win this clash as they average 1,923m per game compared to South Sydney Rabbitohs’ average of 1,592m per game and the Panthers will be confident with that in mind, particularly as they have been able to name an unchanged side this week.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Starting 13: Mitchell, Gagai, Graham, Burns, Johnston, Walker, Reynolds, Tatola, Cook, Burgess, Su’A, Lowe, Murray – Interchanges: Knight, Sironen, Roberts, Sele – Reserves: Nicholls, Dragan

Unavailable: Tom Amone (Injured)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs put in their best attacking display of the season as they notched 40 points in their win against New Zealand Warriors last week but after back-to-back wins, Souths now face a very difficult task as they come up against a solid Penrith Panthers outfit.
  • Despite their comfortable victory, the Rabbitohs will be wary of their low completion rate having managed just 69% last week, although that did not prevent them from having 54% possession with Souths spending almost five minutes longer with the ball than their opponents.
  • A similar level of ball retention this week is unlikely to yield a similar time in possession against the Panthers who would punish the 17 errors that the Rabbitohs made and they will have to overcome the loss of Tom Amone after he suffered a serious knee injury last week with James Roberts slated to take his spot on the bench.

THE PREDICTION

Round 7 gets underway with an intriguing clash between Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. The game was originally due to take place at Campbelltown but was moved due to the surface and it remains to be seen if that will have an impact on the Panthers, although they have won three of their last four on this ground. The two teams have won four games apiece from their last eight contests with this match able to go either way but the Panthers looked very impressive against Melbourne Storm last week and Penrith’s superior metre-making ability should see them come away with the win in this one.

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