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Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Predictions & Tips - Souths tipped to win NRL Grand Final

  • Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs tips for Sunday's 2021 NRL Grand Final
  • The Grand Final is being played at Suncorp Stadium (9.30am BST)
  • South Sydney beat Penrith in the Qualifying Final last month
  • Who will be crowned NRL premiers in the final in Brisbane?
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Panthers and Rabbitohs at clash in the NRL Grand Final (Getty Images)
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Gary Emmerson 01 Oct 2021
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Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Tips


South Sydney Rabbitohs upset the Penrith Panthers in the Qualifying Final last month and have looked the best side throughout the NRL finals series.
  • Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Tips
  • Head to Head
  • Penrith Panthers Form 
  • Penrith Panthers Team News
  • Penrith Panthers Team List
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Form
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List
  • Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs FAQs

Although they head into the Grand Final as outsiders, Souths are the value against a Penrith side which they out-thought in the first week of the finals. Rabbitohs have the weapons to breach this stubborn Panthers defence.

  • Penrith Panthers have scored 28 points in their 3 finals.
  • Penrith Panthers lost last year's Grand Final.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have scored 52 points in their 2 finals.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs won 16-10 when the sides met in the Qualifying Final last month.

Head to Head


Penrith Panthers had won five in a row against South Sydney Rabbitohs, including 56-12 and 25-12 victories during the regular season.

But the Rabbitohs upset the odds in the Qualifying Final in week one of the finals, winning 16-10.

Penrith Panthers Form 


Penrith finished the season as runners-up on the ladder, missing out on the minor premiership on points differential.

The Panthers were off the pace in their first two finals, scoring just two tries as they lost 16-10 to South Sydney in the Qualifying Final before staying alive in the Semi-Final with an 8-6 win over Parramatta Eels.

The famed Panthers defence saw them win a 2020 Grand Final rematch last week against the Melbourne Storm as they caused a 10-6 upset in the Preliminary Final.

Penrith Panthers Team News


Moses Leota starts after a calf injury, but Tevita Pangai jnr has been ruled out due to an MCL injury.

Dylan Edwards has been named at fullback despite a foot problem, while star winger Brian To'o should be good to go.

Brent Naden and Charlie Staines are on standby for the pair having been named in the reserves.

Penrith Panthers Team List


1. Dylan Edwards 2. Stephen Crichton 3. Paul Momirovski 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. Spencer Leniu 17. Liam Martin 18. Brent Naden 19. Mitch Kenny 20. J’maine Hopgood 21. Charlie Staines

South Sydney Rabbitohs Form


South Sydney have lost just twice since mid-May with both defeats coming against Penrith Panthers.

Wayne Bennett's side finished third on the ladder and then exacted some sort of revenge on Penrith with a 16-10 victory against the odds in the Qualifying Final last month.

After earning a week off, the Rabbitohs returned with a bang to record a resounding 36-16 win over Manly Sea Eagles nine days ago to secure a spot in the Grand Final.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News


The Rabbitohs are unchanged from the side which beat Manly in the Preliminary Final, with captain Adam Reynolds passed fit to start. 

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List


1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray 14. Benji Marshall 15. Jacob Host 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Jai Arrow 18. Taane Milne 19. Patrick Mago 20. Braidon Burns 21. Jed Cartwright

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Verdict

The Panthers were poor in the finals up to last week's victory over Melbourne Storm. I'm tipping a repeat of the Rabbitohs' Qualifying Final win with South Sydney crowned premiers.

For added value, a 1-12 Souths winning margin is predicted in a tight Grand Final.

Best Bet: Rabbitohs Win Match Result $2.35 at Ladbrokes Australia - 2 Units
Value Bet: Rabbitohs by 1-12 Winning Margin $3.15 at betfair - 1 Unit

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