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Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Tips - 8 minutes or later time of first try

  • Qualifying Final 2 is scheduled at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Saturday
  • The Panthers beat the Rabbitohs 25-12 in Round 23
  • The Panthers have won 5 in a row and 9 of their last 10 games
  • The Rabbitohs have won 2 straight and have lost only once in their last 13 games
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Penrith Panthers captain Isaah Yeo and South Sydney Rabbitohs captain Adam Reynolds pose for photos during the 2021 NRL Finals series launch at Suncorp Stadium (Dan Peled/Getty Images)
The Penrith Panthers named a full-strength side to play themselves into form and did just that to take care of the Eels 40-6 last week. 

While the South Sydney Rabbitohs rested their star players, they still managed to collect two competition points by beating the Dragons 20-16.

Scott Sorensen is a casualty from Round 24 but is replaced on the Panthers bench by Spencer Leniu. Meanwhile, Blake Taaffe has kept hold of the Rabbitohs #1 jersey as they return to full strength minus the suspended Latrell Mitchell.

This game would preview a lot differently if Mitchell was in the #1 jersey. Instead, the Panthers have been presented with a weakness in a key playmaking position. A weakness that Nathan Cleary can expose better than anybody in the NRL. 

Blake Taaffe popped up nicely in attack for the Rabbitohs last week. He has good ball skills and his timing improved as the game went on. However, Cleary kicked the Panthers into submission with Mitchell and Josh Mansour at the back in Round 23. 

The Panthers half has Jaxson Paulo and Taaffe to terrorize this time around. While the Bunnies match up well elsewhere on the field, they need to play from in front. They started well in Round 23 to build an early lead but couldn’t hang on. 

While the Panthers were patient in their comeback, the Rabbitohs couldn’t keep control of the game and grind out a win in the second half. Walker has torn strips off NRL defences all season. It has come easy for them since Round 11. Too easy, perhaps. Wayne Bennett will preach about their need to embrace the grind this week. There is a bit of 2020 Queensland State of Origin about this team and the scenario.

Verdict

Panthers are a cohesive unit that played themselves into good form last week, though. They’ve been here and done it all before. Expect their patience to be the difference on Saturday night.

Best Bet: 8 Minutes or later Time of 1st try @-112.36 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
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