2023 NRL Preview Round 2: Panthers Vs Rabbitohs

The Panthers are hoping to bounce back from their opening round loss when the Rabbitohs come to Penrith on Thursday night.



Penrith Panthers Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
Venue: BlueBet Stadium
Date: Thursday, March 9, 8:00pm AEDT


Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Sunia Turuva 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Luke Garner 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo Interchange: 14. Soni Luke 15. Matthew Eisenhuth 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon Reserves: 18. Zac Hosking 19. Lindsay Smith 20. Tyrone Peachey 21. Jack Cogger 22. Tom Jenkins

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Campbell Graham 5. Izaac Tu’itupou Thompson 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Michael Chee Kam 13. Cameron Murray Interchange: 14. Blake Taaffe 15. Jed Cartwright 16. Davvy Moale 17. Shaquai Mitchell Reserves: 18. Tallis Duncan 19. Terrell Kalo Kalo 20. Ben Lovett 21. Taane Milne 22. Peter Mamouzelo

Referee: Grant Atkins

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It was a mixed weekend for the two sides in round one, with the Panthers upset by the Broncos while the Rabbitohs overcame the Sharks thanks to an impressive performance from Lachlan Ilias and Latrell Mitchell.

Scott Sorensen will miss this clash due to a concussion with Matt Eisenhuth joining the bench in the only change for Penrith. For the Rabbitohs, Tevita Tatola and Jai Arrow are both out with Daniel Suluka-Fifita and Jed Cartwright coming into the side.

These two teams have formed quite the rivalry over the last couple of years, and the Rabbitohs will once again be out for revenge after being eliminated in finals by the Panthers for the third year in a row.

The Panthers are still adjusting to life without Api Koroisau and Viliame Kikau, and they looked out of sorts at times in their loss to the Broncos. Soni Luke injected a lot of momentum off the bench last week, and time will tell whether Ivan Cleary will send him into the game any earlier on Thursday.

The Rabbitohs will be hoping Ilias can back up his stellar showing last week, as he faces a juicy battle with opposite number 7 in Nathan Cleary. Cody Walker and Jarome Luai can be two of the most explosive players in the competition on their day, but the Panthers will need a much improved performance from their five-eighth this week.


Panthers 9, Rabbitohs 1.


Rabbitohs by 2.

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