[2021] GF Panthers v Rabbitohs - Game Day Thread

Game Day Information

:rugby_football: Match Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs
:stadium: Venue Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane QLD
:clock10: Time Sunday 3rd October 2021 7:30pm
:tickets: Tickets Tickets via NRL.com
:sun_behind_rain_cloud: Weather :full_moon: Clear 21°C (<1% Chance of Rain :cloud_with_rain:)
:tv: Broadcast :tv: Channel Nine HD (FTA) [LIVE]
:tv: Fox League (Channel 502) [DELAYED]
:desktop_computer: NRL Live Pass [LIVE]
:kayo: Kayo Sports [DELAYED]
:radio: ABC Sydney 702AM [LIVE]
:radio: 2GB Sydney 873AM [LIVE]
:radio: MMM Sydney 104.9FM [LIVE]

:rugby_football: Telstra Premiership Grand Final | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 14 Tries Matt Burton, Stephen Crichton.
Goals Nathan Cleary (3/3)
South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 Tries Cody Walker, Alex Johnston.
Goals Adam Reynolds (2/3)

Postgame Media






Penrith Panthers South Sydney Rabbitohs
Dylan Edwards 1 Fullback 1 Blake Taaffe
Stephen Crichton 2 Wing 2 Alex Johnston
Paul Momirovski 3 Centre 3 Dane Gagai
Matt Burton 4 Centre 4 Campbell Graham
Brian To’o 5 Wing 5 Jaxson Paulo
Jarome Luai 6 Five-Eighth 6 Cody Walker
Nathan Cleary © 7 Halfback 7 Adam Reynolds ©
Moses Leota 8 Forward 8 Mark Nicholls
Apisai Koroisau 9 Hooker 9 Damien Cook
James Fisher-Harris 10 Forward 10 Tevita Tatola
Viliame Kikau 11 Second Row 11 Keaon Koloamatangi
Kurt Capewell 12 Second Row 12 Jaydn Su’A
Isaah Yeo © 13 Lock 13 Cameron Murray
Tyrone May 14 Interchange 14 Benji Marshall
Scott Sorensen 15 Interchange 15 Jacob Host
Spencer Leniu 16 Interchange 16 Thomas Burgess
Liam Martin 17 Interchange 17 Jai Arrow
Brent Naden 18 Reserve 18 Taane Milne
:small_red_triangle_down:Mitch Kenny 19 Reserve 19 Patrick Mago
J’Maine Hopgood 20 Reserve 20 :small_red_triangle_down:Braidon Burns
:small_red_triangle_down:Charlie Staines 21 Reserve 21 :small_red_triangle_down:Jed Cartwright
Ivan Ceary HC Coach HC Wayne Bennett
Cameron Ciraldo AC Coach AC Jason Demetriou
Andrew Webster AC Coach

Match Officials

2021 NRL Grand Final
Referee Gerard Sutton
Sideline Official Todd Smith
Dave Munro
Video Referee Ashley Klein

Referee Success Rate

Referee Active Since 2021 Overall Pen. For Pen. Against Ratio
Gerard Sutton 2009 (4/5) 80% (23/40) 58% 158 160.5 0.98



All Penrith players good to go following judiciary review.

Cleary not charged

Fish and Crighton monetary fines only


Does anybody else feel that souths are actually playing better without mitchell?

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Finals week 1 showed that souths can’t be underestimated.

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they are doing something right, beat us in week 1 and they are in the GF, their efforts speak for themselves
That being said, i am happier to be playing them than anyone else.
Best news is we now can focus on the game with Cleary not being cited.


I think they are playing more of a team game, rather than arranging the game around Mitchell, which gives them more points of attack. In saying that, they still only managed 2 tries against us, in what was arguably our worst performance of the year.

The only
Possible change I would consider (barring injury) would be to play 4 forwards on the bench (leaving May out).

Presuming Leota is fit and starting, i would have a bench of;

TPJ / Tago (TPJ may have a knee injury).

Hopgood / Smith (if Fish is out).

Here is a couple of things I threw together for the twitter folk… enjoy.

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There is a question out of the weekends results.

IF Storm had of beaten us on Saturday and advanced to the GF…why as Minor Premiers do they get one day less turnaround then Bunnies?

and in our case…why do we get one day less turnaround.

An oddity and being Minor Premiers has had no material advantage for Storm.


The same thing happened to us last year!!!

After a great deal of thought I have come to the conclusion that I really do not care who wins on Sunday

… As long as it’s the Panthers …


I expect this will be to do with TV - we have to be careful not to sell our soul, yes we need them, but in turn THEY need us also, hence why they pay. We just need to maintain our core values in RL and this point is so very valid to the convo as the perfect example.

The top 2 in the competition proper should be afforded any gratuity such as an extra day to recover.

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To be honest… Souths can have all the ‘extra days’ they want… I don’t think it will do them any good.


Yer but in reality, why does Reynolds get an extra day of physio on his groin and Toó get 1 less on his ankle…

It’s an easy fix !

Has anyone here managed to buy tickets for the GF as a Panthers ticketed member? Should we have been sent a link and password, like for 2020 at Penrith Park?

Referees for this weeks Grand Final have been announced. It will be a carbon copy of last weeks officials from the Storm v Panthers match.

2021 NRL Grand Final
Referee Gerard Sutton
Sideline Official Todd Smith
Dave Munro
Video Referee Ashley Klein

Referee Success Rate

Referee Active Since 2021 Overall Pen. For Pen. Against Ratio
Gerard Sutton 2009 (4/5) 80% (23/40) 58% 158 160.5 0.98

Great !

We will have to beat them again as well…

This ones a bit better

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