South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Penrith Panthers: NRL live scores, blog
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South Sydney Vs. Penrith
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 1 July, 2012
|ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW|
|South Sydney 38 defeated Penrith 12|
|Referee: Gerard Sutton|
|Touch judges: Grant Atkins & J Walsh|
The South Sydney Rabbitohs must beat an under strength Penrith Panthers today if they are to keep pace with the top four. Join us for NRL live scores and commentary from 3:00pm AEST.
Penrith approach today’s clash with South Sydney with their backs firmly against the wall.
The Panthers squandered an 18-6 lead against the Eels last week en route to a heartbreaking 19-18 defeat in golden point.
Such a defeat left Penrith shattered and it will be interesting to see how they respond against a Rabbitohs side who are only missing Greg Inglis to Origin duty.
Despite their position on the NRL ladder, the Panthers have three players missing to Origin duty, with Michael Jennings, Luke Lewis and Tim Grant all selected to play for New South Wales next Wednesday night.
Without the preceding players in their line-up, it remains to be seen how the Panthers are capable of causing the upset against a near full strength Rabbitohs outfit.
South Sydney is coming off a defeat to Brisbane and will be desperate to get back into the winner’s circle against the struggling Panthers.
With Penrith missing several key players, there is a great opportunity for the Rabbitohs to flex their attacking muscle and put their opposition to the sword in front of their home fans.
Even without Inglis, South Sydney still possess players capable of tearing the Panthers defence apart.
Hooker Issac Luke is the man Penrith have to shut down if they are to have any chance of causing the upset.
Luke has been in devastating form for South Sydney this season, and if the Rabbitohs forwards manage to get a roll on, Luke will dictate terms around the ruck.
Given that the Panthers are missing a lot of strike players, it is important that Ivan Cleary’s men get the basics right today.
Penrith must maintain their discipline, keep their error rate down and chase well if they are to to avoid placing unnecessary pressure on themselves.
If the Panthers can keep things close for fifty minutes, it will go a long way to unsettling a Rabbitohs side that is expected to win easily this afternoon.
Failure to master the basics however will see South Sydney pile on the points en route to a big victory infront of their home fans.
Rabbitohs by 16