It’s been a while since we’re wrote about some NRL action, but with things back in full swing, we’re going to take a look at the Penrith Panthers matchup with the Sydney Rabbitohs on Sunday.
The Panthers find themselves 12th in the ladder and three consecutive losses, but they can take confidence from that fact that the Rabbitohs were the team they last beat back in Week 17.
It should also be said that’s no easy team to beat as the Rabbitohs currently sit 4th in the ladder. They were outscored by three try’s on that evening, but I don’t see a repeat given current form.
It wasn’t that long ago but every game is key in this format, and three straight losses is damaging. What’s more is the injury list that is clearly affecting things right now. Sydney are fighting fit, and they’re an improving side also.
Whare, Plum and Wallace are the latest three casualties to be added to the list, but the Panthers do at least have the return of Mansour to look forward too. It adds quality to the backline, but they’re still a little thin on the ground right now.
Depsite their loss last time out I felt Penrith were still quite dangerous going forward. They looked sharp and created lots of opportunities, but the execution was perhaps lacking. Segeyaro in particular was fantastic and should play a big part if Penrith get any kind of result.
Even with the return of Mansour, the backline of Penrith is still far, far from full strength. Once again injuries are to blame, but that won’t stop Sydney from exposing it. It goes without saying Greg Inglis is not a man you want to face with a weakened team.
He’s coming off of three tries and an assist in his last outing, and his performance probably deserved even more. If he repeats that performance it might not even be a contest, because Penrith just won’t be able to stop him right now.
Going back to the previous meeting, what did stop Sydney last time was pieces of individual brilliance from Cartwright and a strong performance from the absent (also on the injury list) Watene-Zelezniak.
With quality and experience in short supply right now, the Panthers will be looking to Soward to help them dominate the game and win the half back battle. He’ll have a lot of responsibility put on him but given his experience, he should respond. It remains to be seen who steps up around him but the Panthers really, really need a win right now.
On a normal day they’d have every chance of beating Sydney again and bouncing back from their poor run, but injuries puts that in serious doubt and even make the handicap look a stretch for me.
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