2021 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? Saturday 11th September, 2021 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

Where can I get tickets for Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

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

THE TEAM NEWS

PENRITH PANTHERS

Starting 13: Edwards, Crichton, Momirovski, Burton, To’o, Luai, Cleary, Leota, Koroisau, Fisher-Harris, Kikau, Capewell, Yeo – Interchanges: Kenny, Leniu, Pangai Jnr., Martin – Reserves: Eisenhuth, Tago, Staines, Naden

Unavailable: Tyrone May (Injured), Scott Sorensen (Injured)

  • Penrith Panthers ended the regular season with a strong performance as they won the battle of west Sydney with a comfortable 6-40 success against rivals Parramatta Eels to make it five straight victories.
  • The Panthers look in good shape ahead of their tilt at the finals as they attempt to make it to the NRL Grand Final once again and they come into this with almost a fully fit squad for Ivan Cleary to choose from.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Starting 13: Taaffe, Johnston, Gagai, Graham, Paulo, Walker, Reynolds, Nicholls, Cook, Tatola, Kolomatangi, Su’A, Murray – Interchanges: Marshall, Host, Burgess, Arrow – Reserves: Cartwright, Burns, Ilias, Mago

Unavailable: Brock Gardner (Injured), Josh Mansour (Injured), Liam Knight (Suspended), Latrell Mitchell (Suspended)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs made it 12 wins from their last 13 outings as they overcame St. George Illawarra Dragons last week, although they did almost blow a 20-point lead in that contest.
  • The under-strength Rabbitohs were able to hold on to claim a 20-16 success in what was a solid way to end the regular season with a host of first-team stars rested but they all return here with Blake Taaffe retaining the #1 jersey after filling in for the suspended Latrell Mitchell last week.

THE PREDICTION

This should be an entertaining clash between the teams that finished second and third on the ladder as Penrith Panthers take on South Sydney Rabbitohs. Both teams ended the season in a good place with them earning numerous victories but that will mean little to one of these at the end of 80 minutes. There is little to split the pair with just two points separating them on the ladder but it is likely to be a battle of South Sydney’s attack and Penrith’s defence. Only minor premiers Melbourne Storm scored more than the Rabbits during the regular season while the Panthers boasted the best defence so something has to give here. However, with Latrell Mitchell missing at fullback for Souths, they are unlikely to be as potent and this should become more of a defensive affair with no more than 45 points set to be scored with the pair combining for just 37 in their clash last month.

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