EbeneNews – AU – Penrith until first grand final in 17 years

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    Premiership-winning captain Paul Gallen blogs live from the NRL Preliminary Final between the Panthers and Rabbitohs from ANZ Stadium

    Penrith has advanced to the grand final for the first time since 2003, hanging on to beat the Souths 20-16 at ANZ Stadium

    After 20 even minutes, the Panthers appeared to be on track to qualify for the decider with a dominant finish in the first half, although a 14-6 lead at the break could have been greater if they had. could convert all their chances

    The Rabbitohs cut the margin to 14-12 with just 14 minutes to go, before Isaah Yeoh made the tie-breaker, a 40-yard line break to put Dylan Edwards under the posts

    It sets up a grand final between the Panthers and the Storm, the two teams that finished first and second in the standings after the regular season

    Penrith wasn’t at his best tonight but they have won 17 straight games so don’t be too quick to call them off but they will have to play much better against Melbourne

    Melbourne are a ruthless team, their success rate last night was 88%, Penrith tonight was around 70%, and that’s a huge difference in big games

    I thought Isaah Yeoh was the best player on the pitch tonight, he was effective in the first half, then when they needed it in the second half he came up with a 40 line break meters to prepare for a test

    The Suds had their chances, but again, they just couldn’t put the pressure Adam Reynolds to one of the best kicking games in the competition and couldn’t put the ball in the box. ‘in-goal to obtain repeated sets

    But they had a fantastic year, for a team I didn’t think I could make all eight of, they fought in the dying minutes of a preliminary final

    Melbourne will have watched tonight, but I don’t think they worry too much about other sides to be honest, they worry about themselves.But they’ll have to watch Isaah Yeoh in the middle and half-fake Koroisau You know what to expect from Melbourne they are creating pressure and high completion rates, and if they do that next week I think they will win

    I’ve been arguing with Phil Gould all year, he doesn’t think Melbourne has any other gear but I think they have

    It’s great to see first against second in the grand final This competition will remain one of the most difficult in history I tip my hat to the players for the way they were able to do it and put the game back on the field for fans

    It wasn’t the best performance you have ever seen, but Penrith made it to the grand final Their completion rate was not good enough throughout the match and they will have to play much better next week against Melbourne

    It was a very entertaining game, but the Panthers really could have bankrupted the Souths much sooner, the Panthers bombed four tries that I counted

    The Suds really should have been done and dusted off at halftime, but they stuck in there and their fans can be proud of it

    Isaah Yeoh has been outstanding all year for the Panthers, and when the Panthers needed something special, he delivered

    He breaks and puts Dylan Edwards under the posts to give the Panthers an eight-point lead

    The Suds weren’t able to build the pressure tonight, Penrith just needs to stick to their structure here with 10 minutes left

    The success rate for both sides has been poor this game, whoever respects the ball the most in the last 20 minutes will win

    The Panthers bombed four tries in this game, maybe it’s the Souths’ lucky night But I think back to the first half again, it was even during the first 20 minutes, then Penrith took over

    Looks like Penrith lost Apisai Koroisau for the match, he went straight into the tunnel with a shoulder problem, which isn’t ideal for them outside of the dummy half, although Mitch Kenny is a practical replacement

    Just like the first half, the Suds got off to a good start after the break and were rewarded with a try

    But the challenge for the Rabbitohs is to keep playing at this level, and not allow the Panthers to dominate late in the game like they did before the break

    The Rabbitohs missed a chance right after the break, they were on the attack 10 yards from the Panthers line, but Adam Reynolds’ kick was not good

    Reynolds generally has one of the best short kicking games out there, but he’s going to want this one to come back

    The first 20 minutes were pretty consistent, but Penrith certainly had the upper hand during the final stages of the first half

    The Panthers lead 14-6 at the break, but I think Wayne Bennett won’t be too unhappy with the score who only conceded two tries to one

    But I tipped Penrith over eight before the game, and that’s still what I think They laid the groundwork in the first half, I expect them to continue in the second half

    The last 10 minutes have really seen Penrith win the battle for position on the pitch, and it is finally reflected on the scoreboard

    Nathan Cleary stepped in exactly when needed, with a clever kick to set up a Tyrone May try under the sticks

    James Fisher-Harris is on report for a high shot on Souths’ Tevita Tatola, but to be fair he was barely worth a penalty I would be surprised if Fisher-Harris is tasked by the Game Review Committee

    The Panthers moved up a gear after weathering the storm in the early south, although they wasted a few opportunities to try The first quarter of the game was very consistent which is reflected in the score

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    There haven’t been many saves in the last 10 minutes, it went from start to finish and both teams will be on the bench soon, you can imagine

    Both teams used their captain’s challenges early on when it seemed pretty clear that the referee had made the right choice, hopefully that’s not something that comes back to haunt them at the end of the match

    The Panthers lost a captain’s challenge after Josh Mansour went on trial for losing the ball There is a golden rule that each side must adhere to when it comes to captain’s challenges – n ‘ never listen to wingers or rowers before!

    If the first ten minutes are anything to go by, we’re in for quite a contest, as both parties have certainly shown up to play

    The Suds had the entire run in the first five minutes, they had a quick shot for a penalty goal that I liked, then immediately scored after a one-on-one strip with a kick early of the tackle count

    But not a good sign for the Rabbitohs, the first time they had to defend a set of six, they gave up a try

    We’re in 10 minutes and maybe now Phil Gould will finally tell us who he thinks is going to win, because I just spent 45 minutes with him and I’m still no wiser for it. stuck on the fence!

    Penrith Panthers, South Sydney Rabbitohs, National Rugby League, Ivan Cleary, NRL Grand Final, Sydney Roosters

    EbeneNews – AU – Penrith until the first grand final in 17 years


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