NRL match preview: Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Date: Friday April 11
Venue: SportingBet Stadium
Kick-off: 7:40pm (Sydney time)



1 Matt Moylan 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3 Dean Whare 4 Jamal Idris 5 Josh Mansour 6 Jamie Soward 7 Peter Wallace (c) 8 Sam McKendry 9 Kevin Kingston (c) 10 Tim Grant 11Sika Manu 12 Elijah Taylor 13 Adam Docker Interchange 14 James Segeyaro 15 Jeremy Latimore 16 Lewis Brown 17 Nigel Plum 18 Isaah Yeo


1 Greg Inglis 2 Nathan Merritt 3 Dylan Walker 4 Joel Reddy 5 Bryson Goodwin 6 John Sutton (c) 7 Adam Reynolds 8 Dave Tyrrell 9 Apisai Koroisau 10 George Burgess 11 Kyle Turner 12 Ben Te’o 13 Sam Burgess Interchange 14 Cameron McInnes 15 Chris McQueen 16 Jason Clark 17 Luke Burgess 18 Alex Johnston 19 Ben Lowe 20 Joe Picker


Penrith will be looking to defend their unbeaten home record against South Sydney in a Friday night blockbuster at SportingBet Stadium.  Both sides go into the fixture with last round wins.  The Panthers coming off a 12-6 win over Canberra in horrible conditions last Saturday.  Meanwhile South Sydney bounced back to form with a 26-6 victory over St George-Illawarra at the SCG to record their second win of 2014.

Both teams go into this game without any chances.  Isaah Yeo is the eighteenth man for Penrith and Alex Johnson, Ben Lowe and Joe Picker are added as part of the Rabbitohs 20-man side.  Brent Kite may be a late inclusion for the Panthers.

Penrith will need to be at their best defensively in this game.  This night could belong to the two hit-men in Adam Docker and Nigel Plum.  If they can trouble the Bunnies forward pack led by the Burgess brothers, Penrith are on their way to victory.  Jamie Soward, Peter Wallace and Jamal Idris are the game-breakers out wide.  Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will be hungry for more action after scoring a double on debut last weekend.

South Sydney have the talent to get past the home side.  Greg Inglis, John Sutton and Adam Reynolds will be joined by Nathan Merritt in applying the pressure on the Panthers defense.  The Burgess brothers and and Ben Te’o will need to be at their best in a forward pack that looks less experienced without Isaac Luke and the inclusion of Apisai Koroisau and Kyle Turner.

Another good test for Penrith to see how they rank in this competition.  Having played good quality football for four of the first five games, South Sydney aren’t guarenteed of the points on the road like in previous encounters.


Penrith by 8.

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