Round 2: Panthers vs Rabbitohs Review



Match Review:

Penrith came into this match as favourites especially playing at home compacted by the fact the visitors didn’t have their little general Adam Reynolds available due to a leg injury which sees him sidelined for about a month.

It was evident early that the Rabbitohs came to play, their forwards gave it to the home side with George Burgess and James Fisher-Harris having a good battle in the middle.

Rabbitohs opened the scoring off a penalty goal with Reynolds replacement rookie Adam Doueihi slotting it over. The Rabbitohs didn’t have to wait long for their next Try with five eighth Cody Walker scoring a try off an excellent break from Richard Kennar who offloaded to Robert Jennings who then passed to Walker to finish off the scoring play. Adam Doueihi converted. Rabbitohs lead 8-0.

With the heat getting to the players some errors were creeping in, with a total of 12 in the first half.

Rabbitohs scored a much welcomed try to hooker Damien Cook from a standing start 30 out on half time with Doueihi slotting the Conversion pushing the score to a 14-0 lead in favour of the visitors at the break.

Another slow start under their belt the home side would want to look to jump out of the blocks in the second half, with South Sydney seemingly kicking off on the full after the break Penrith looked to start off on the front foot but couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity.

South Sydney’s forwards kept rolling on through the Panthers defence but they kept them out.

 The Rabbitohs lost centre Greg Inglis through HIA in the 47th minute but unfortunately he didn’t return.

The home side finally got on the board when Trent Merrin scored a good tough try in the 52nd minute with half Nathan Cleary converting.

The match was fairly even throughout the second half with both sets of forwards having areas of dominance.

Penroth scored again through big centre Waqa Blake, Nathan Cleary slotted his 31st Conversion in a row to bring the Panthers back within 2 points of the Rabbitohs.

Penrith finally hit the front when Tyrone Peachey scored off a nice Cleary pass and like he has before, Cleary kicks the Conversion with ease.

With a minute and 20 seconds to go Sam Burgess gave away a penalty in front and Nathan cleary slotting the kick yet again to give Penrith a 18-14 victory over Souths.

Nath’s Man of the Match: Nathan Cleary
With a near perfect boot and a calm and collected game the young Penrith halfback guided the home side to another comeback victory.

Scoring timeline:

Panthers
52’ Trent Merrin Try
53’ Nathan Cleary Conversion
65’ Waqa Blake Try
66’ Nathan Cleary Conversion
76’ Tyrone Peachey Try
77’ Nathan Cleary Conversion
78' Nathan Cleary Penalty Conversion

Rabbitohs
10’ Adam Doueihi Penalty Conversion
15’ Cody Walker Try
17’ Adam Doueihi Conversion
39’ Damien Cook Try
40’ Adam Doueihi Conversion

Nath


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