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AS IT HAPPENED: Souths announce themselves as contenders with Penrith upset

11th September, 2021
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Penrith Panthers

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South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Penrith Panthers

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Match Complete

South Sydney Rabbitohs

16

64A. Reynolds
43J. Paulo
N. Cleary40
34A. Reynolds
N. Cleary28
26A. Reynolds
24C. Walker
N. Cleary9
S. Crichton8
3A. Reynolds

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The first week of finals continues tonight when the Penrith Panthers take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from the second of the weekend’s qualifying finals from 7:50pm (AEST).

The winner tonight getting a week off and a ticket to the preliminary final; for the loser, a match-up against the victor of tomorrow’s Eels-Knights elimination final awaits.

After a few weeks below full strength, the Panthers team Ivan Cleary named for the final home-and-away round was as imposing as last year’s minor premier have looked in a while. It was a tight start against the second-string Eels, but Penrith was clinical in the second half, running away with a 40-6 victory.

Brian To’o was again huge for the Panthers, running over 200m. Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai have returned to something like their best, whilst the pack is looking impressive.

In a blow, Tyrone May and Scott Sorensen picked up injuries against the Eels last round and have not been named. Spencer Leniu and Mitch Kenny take their spots on the bench.

Wayne Bennett employed a different strategy to Ivan Cleary, resting the majority of his senior players against the Dragons. It had no impact on the end result, with the Rabbitohs holding on for a 20-16 win.

Much of the discussion this week has centred around whether Souths are a chance without Latrell Mitchell. The Rabbits will be looking to use these doubts as a big motivator. Blake Taaffe keeps the No.1 jersey vacated by the suspended star, although the Panthers are alert to a possible late change.

Adam Reynolds, Alex Johnston, Dane Gagai, Cody Walker, Damien Cook, Thomas Burgess, Jai Arrow and Cameron Murray have all been named to return for the Rabbitohs.

Prediction

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The Panthers defeated the Rabbitohs 25-12 only 3 weeks ago, even after falling 12 points behind early.

Nathan Cleary terrorised the back three and I think that will happen again this week.

Penrith may have timed their run perfectly this year, and I think they will win.

Penrith Panthers by 10

Game information

Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEST)
Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
TV: Channel Nine, Fox League
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel GO, 9Now
Betting: Panthers $1.25, Rabbitohs $4 (odds via PlayUp)

Teams

Penrith Panthers
1. Dylan Edwards 2. Stephen Crichton 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary (c) 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo (c)

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Bench/Reserves: 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Tevita Pangai Jr 17. Liam Martin | 18. Matt Eisenhuth 19. Izack Tago 20. Charlie Staines 21. Brent Naden

South Sydney Rabbitohs
1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds (c) 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray

Bench/Reserves: 14. Benji Marshall 15. Jacob Host 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Jai Arrow | 18. Jed Cartwright 19. Braidon Burns 20. Lachlan Ilias 21. Patrick Mago

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