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NRL: Panthers and Souths battle to face Eels

Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs will battle it out on Saturday night with the winners set to meet the Parramatta Eels in the 2022 NRL grand final.

The Eels booked their place in the grand final following a thrilling 24-20 win over the North Queensland Cowboys on Friday night.

They can now sit back and wait to see who joins them in the big dance with the Panthers and Rabbitohs ready to put it all on the line.

It is of course a repeat of the 2021 gran final which the Panthers edged and this latest match-up could be just as close.

A lot has changed over the last 12 months. A host of Penrith players moved on but the ones that have stepped in have done a great job and the Panthers are arguably a better side now.

The Rabbitohs also lost coach Wayne Bennett and playmaker Adam Reynolds, but again new coach Jason Demetriou, halfback Lachlan Ilias and the rest have been outstanding.

Just to add a bit of extra spice to this one, there is no love lost between these two sides. They clearly don’t like each other and there could be fireworks at Accor Stadium.

So with kick-off getting closer, let’s take a look at both camps heading into the game.

What: Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Where: Accor Stadium, Sydney
When:  19:50 (AEST) Saturday 24th September 2022
How to watch: Channel 9, Foxtel, Kayo
Odds: Panthers 9/25, Rabbitohs 11/5

Penrith crushed Parramatta in their qualifying final a couple of weeks ago and will be keen to set up a re-match in the grand final.

However a strong South Sydney side stand in their way and we could be set for a classic at Accor Stadium on Saturday night if previous meetings are anything to go by.

The Panthers did beat the Rabbitohs 26-12 this season, but it was right at the start and in fairness Souths were not at their best.

That has since changed. Demetriou’s side have been a revelation towards the end of the season and have started to find their form at just the right time.

They can thank Latrell Mitchell for that. The gun fullback has returned from injury fitter and stronger than before and looks to be a man on a mission.

It goes without saying that Mitchell will be crucial to South’s chances of springing an upset against the Panthers. As mentioned so many times his combination with good mate Cody Walker will be crucial.

The bunnies have quality throughout their side, they just need to string it all together and also cut out the errors that were on show against Cronulla last week.

Souths got lucky to a certain extent as the Sharks could not punish them. However if they serve up the same again the Panthers will punish them and it could be game over early on.

Their completion rate also has to improve but if they can do that they have shown what a class act they can be and will give Penrith a game.

They have however been dealt a huge blow on the injury front. Demetriou confirmed to reporters on Friday that star winger Alex Johnston has been ruled out with a hip injury.

To go into the game without the NRL’s leading try scorer is massive, but they will give his replacement Richard Kennar their full backing and it is a squad game after all.

There is some good news though as Jai Arrow has shaken off a groin injury and will play.

The Panthers have reported no fresh issues on Friday. They will of course be without Taylan May through suspension so Charlie Staines will come in to replace him on the wing.

Spencer Leniu is also free to play after avoiding suspension by paying a fine for his high shot last start.

Api Koroisau has been named to start at hooker and if he stays there an intriguing battle against opposite number Damien Cook will be on the cards.

Cook has four try assists in the last six games and is bang in form, while Koroisau has 12 assists for the season and is a huge player for the Panthers.

The battle of the No.9’s could go a long way to deciding which way this game will go. So too could the battle in the halves with Panthers ace Nathan Ckeary up against Ilias, who just seems to improve with every game.

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