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NRL Rd 21 Preview: South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Penrith Panthers

Date: 2nd August, 2015

Venue: ANZ Stadium

Kick-Off: 4pm

South Sydney Rabbitohs 1 Greg Inglis (c) 2 Alex Johnston 3 Dylan Walker 4 Bryson Goodwin 5 Joel Reddy 6 Luke Keary 7 Adam Reynolds 8 George Burgess 9 Issac Luke 10 Tim Grant 11 Glenn Stewart 12 John Sutton 13 Chris McQueen. Interchange: 14 Kyle Turner 15 Chris Grevsmuhl 16 David Tyrrell 17 Thomas Burgess

Penrith Panthers 1 Will Smith 2 Robert Jennings 3 Waqa Blake 4 Isaah Yeo 5 Josh Mansour 6 Isaac John 7 Jamie Soward 8 Nigel Plum 9 James Segeyaro 10 Reagan Campell-Gillard 11 Lewis Brown 12 Sika Manu 13 Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14 Apisai Koroisau 15 Jeremy Latimore 16 Tyrone Peachey 17 Bryce Cartwright

Preview

After a 52-6 demolition of Newcastle last week, the South Sydney Rabbitohs will have their eyes set on an injury ravaged Panthers for round 21, a game the red and green will expect to win handsomely at ANZ stadium.

While the Souths side seem to be peeking at the right end of the season as they look to defend their 2014 NRL title, it seems nothing can go right for the Penrith side this season, who find themselves floundering in 12 position. It seems to be a case of plan for next season for the Panthers.

The positive for the men from the foot of the mountain is they don’t have to go back too far to see they can beat the Rabbitohs. It was round 17 when the sides last met, and the Penrith team came away with a convincing 20-6 victory.

What is perhaps more daunting, however, is the return to form of Greg Inglis, who hasn’t quite clicked into gear this season, that is, until last weekend. The Rabbitohs fullback powered his way to a first half hat trick as the Bunnies put a cricket score on the Knights. Penrith on the other hand leaked 34 points against the Raiders, showing danger signs for the club.

Adam Reynolds is leading the way for the South Sydney squad, showing his organisation and creativity skills effectively to lay on the points for his side. His combination with Inglis this week will be something the Penrith men must shut down early.

The loss of Peter Wallace is another big blow for the Panther’s and seems to make certain their finals charge falls flat. It will be a season the side may want to forget with few positive results, and plenty of negatives on the injury front.

South Sydney look set to rub further salt in their wounds this weekend.

 

Prediction

Souths are building at the right end while Penrith can’t catch a break. Rabbitohs by 20.

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