How to watch South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Penrith Panthers NRL live and match preview
Can the Rabbitohs become the first team to defeat the Panthers this season?
The Rabbitohs face a real test of their premiership credentials with matches against the top two teams over the next fortnight in the Panthers and Eels. If they defeat both sides before a round 13 bye, their premiership odds will shorten dramatically.
The Panthers are the first side in the NRL era to go 10-0 to start the year. The last team to achieve that feat was the 1996 Roosters and guess who their goal-kicker was? None other than current Penrith coach Ivan Cleary, the father of Panthers sharpshooter Nathan.
Rabbitohs vs Panthers kick-off
The Rabbitohs are taking this home game west to Apex Oval in Dubbo for a 2pm AEST kick-off on Sunday 23 May. Check out the full NRL draw here.
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There is no free-to-air coverage of the Bunnies and Panthers right across the country. You need a subscription service and have three options: Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Of that trio Kayo offers the best value as it's the only way to get Fox Sports without Foxtel.
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The Rabbitohs' next three fixtures are all exclusive to Fox League. You won't catch them on free-to-air until Thursday 17 June. The Panthers still have six remaining games exclusive to Fox League, including their next two fixtures. So fans of both clubs will want to strongly consider signing up to Kayo to ensure you get access to every game live.
Kayo has a bunch of special features you won't find anywhere else like a Key Moments Timeline, Kayo Minis, SplitView and Interactive Stats. You can also watch live or from the start.
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Rabbitohs vs Panthers match preview
In a massive boost for the Rabbitohs, star fullback Latrell Mitchell returns from suspension, allowing coach Wayne Bennett to shift Cody Walker back to five-eighth. Benji Marshall will return to his utility role while fellow veteran Josh Mansour has been named on the wing after recovering from a hamstring injury.
For the Panthers, backrower Kurt Capewell (concussion) returns after missing Magic Round.
It takes a brave man to tip against the undefeated Panthers but this is South Sydney's chance to prove they can beat the best. They've been towelled up twice this season by premiers Melbourne Storm and will want to make a big statement in Dubbo.
Mitchell's return will help their cause. The Bunnies will have to be on top of their game, with the Panthers conceding a miserly 7.2 points per game this season. We think they can do it. Rabbitohs by an Adam Reynolds field goal.
Rabbitohs vs Panthers team lists
Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Braidon Burns 5. Josh Mansour 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su'A 13. Liam Knight 14. Benji Marshall 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Jacob Host 17. Jai Arrow 18. Dean Hawkins 19. Hame Sele 20. Patrick Mago 21. Campbell Graham
Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To'o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Liam Martin 18. Spencer Leniu 19. Mitch Kenny 20. J'maine Hopgood 21. Paul Momirovski