The Panthers are always hard to beat at home. Picture: Mark Evans/news.com.au
Penrith v South Sydney
Friday April 11 – 7.45pm (AEST)
Things You Need To Know:
The Panthers are coming off a 12-6 victory over Canberra in the wet last Saturday. That was there third win in five games to start the season. They are sitting pretty in fourth spot and coach Ivan Cleary has named an unchanged team to face the Bunnies.
The Rabbitohs snapped their three-game losing streak with a 26-6 thumping of the Dragons at the SCG. They used brute force rather than dazzling attack and need another win here to really get their mojo back. The Bunnies are currently in 12th spot on the NRL ladder.
Reason To Watch:
Greg Inglis showed signs he is rounding into form against the Saints after a relatively slow start to the season. Don't be surprised if he puts on a masterclass on Friday night.
Reason To Turn Away:
Inglis seems to have a magnet on him when it comes to being the victim of lifting tackles. He was dumped on his head again last week and the blokes who did it went unpunished. Let's hope the NRL do something to protect players before someone else gets seriously hurt.
"The boys' attitudes played a big part in how we went (against the Dragons) and we've just got to take it forward. It was back to our game plan that we know we're capable of – we haven't actually been too far away from that but we probably haven't given ourselves the best opportunity at times in previous games," - Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire.
Souths have won four of the last five meetings between these two sides, but this is a different Panthers outfit in 2014 so history won't count for much on Friday night. On the surface the Rabbitohs' 20-point win over the Dragons looks impressive. But they were pretty one dimensional in attack and we're still far from convinced they are happy campers this season. The Panthers have been the big improvers to start 2014 but this is by far their biggest test. Rabbitohs by 4
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