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Round 14 of the NRL continues this Saturday evening with the South Sydney Rabbitohs taking on the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 5:30pm (AEST).
2nd vs 14th sounds an easy game to pick, right. Especially when one team has won three in a row whilst the other has lost their last two. The problem is the team with the winning streak is the Penrith Panthers whilst South Sydney finds themselves under some pressure.
It’s fair to say that Origin and injuries have played their part in the Rabbitohs mid-season slump, with Souths having four Origin players on duty and losing Adam Reynolds to long term injury.
However, their loss to a Knights side without Kalyn Ponga last weekend would have been a concern. The Knights pack got the better of the Rabbits forwards, with the Burgess brothers becoming more and more frustrated.
They are boosted by the return of some troops, with Alex Johnston and Kyle Turner both making their return from injury. The loss of Sam Burgess to injury and Tom Burgess to suspension does weaken their forward pack.
Whilst the Panthers are hardly setting the world on fire as yet, their 3 straight wins has breathed some life into their season and another win tonight would seem them just outside the top 8.
Their 19-10 win over the Roosters was impressive, but it has to be noted that the Roosters look a different team without Luke Keary and Latrell Mitchell. Nevertheless, James Maloney was a standout and stars such as Reagan Campbell-Gillard seem to be returning to the form the fans would expect.
The Panthers go into this game with an unchanged line-up.
This is an important game for Souths, desperate to stay in touch with the top of the competition.
But, I’ve just got a sneaking suspicion that the Panthers might get up tonight. I expect a big performance from the Panthers pack, providing Cleary and Maloney with enough chances to create an upset win.
Penrith Panthers by 6 points.
When: 5.30pm AEDT, Saturday evening
Where: ANZ Stadium
TV: Fox League
Online: Live Pass, Kayo
Betting: South Sydney Rabbitohs: $1.53; Penrith Panthers: $2.50
South Sydney Rabbitohs
20. Alex Johnston 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Kyle Turner 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Doueihi 8. George Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knight 11. John Sutton 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Cameron Murray
Interchange: 14. Tevita Tatola 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Dean Britt 17. Tom Amone
1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Isaah Yeo 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To’o 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Frank Winterstein 13. Liam Martin
Interchange: 14. Wayde Egan 15. Jarome Luai 16. Moses Leota 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard