Humble Panther Gets Chance Against Rabbits

Picture: Brett Costello/dailytelegraph.com.au
Luke Walsh will lead the Panthers attack in the absence of Lachlan Coote. Picture: Brett Costello/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 17 2012 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 38 d Penrith Panthers 12 at ANZ Stadium
Round 3 2012 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 40 d Penrith Panthers 24 at Panthers Stadium
Round 12 2011 – Penrith Panthers 22 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 10 at Panthers Stadium
Round 24 2010 – Penrith Panthers 54 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 at Panthers Stadium
Round 12 2010 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 42 d Penrith Panthers 22 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form (most recent first)

Panthers – LW
Rabbitohs – WW

After starting the season with a good win over Canberra in round one, the Panthers  crashed back down to earth with their 28-18 defeat at the hands of Wests Tigers last weekend in which five-eight Lachlan Coote suffered a season ending pectoral tear. Former Tigers and Eels playmaker Tom Humble has been handed the number six jersey as his replacement and will make his debut for the club after 16 top grade matches for Wests in 2012.

Souths  welcome forward enforcer Sam Burgess back into their squad after he served his one game ban, pushing Dave Tyrrell back to the bench. Bryson Goodwin keeps his place at centre with both Beau Champion and Matt King still on the sidelines.

1st Tryscorer

Josh Mansour  has been coming off his win to get himself involved in the opening stoushes of the new season and run for 173m and 132m respectively against Canberra and Wests. He bagged seven tries in 13 appearances for the Panthers last season and it won’t be long till he is on the scoresheet again.

Five Rabbitohs players have managed to bag four pointers already this season but incredibly, Greg Inglis  isn’t one of them. He managed to cross the tryline against Penrith last season and will want to open his account for 2013 against them on Sunday.

Prediction – Although the Panthers have two very good prop forwards in Sam McKendry and Tim Grant, they don’t boast the array of attacking weapons that Souths can call upon. Likely to get on the front foot from early on, the Rabbitohs should be too good despite the fact they have won just three of their past 16 away matches against Penrith. South Sydney Rabbitohs 13+

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