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It’s been per week of dangerous blood between the Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs with a disagreement fuelling the fireplace for Saturday evening’s finals conflict.
There’s no love misplaced between these two sides, evidenced by the general public spat between Bunnies coach Wayne Bennett and his Penrith counterpart Ivan Cleary.
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Bennett, whose facet had been humbled by the Panthers a couple of weeks in the past, criticised the Panthers for utilizing blockers to guard Cleary’s son and halfback, Nathan Cleary.
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That got here after the Penrith coach had vented his frustration earlier within the week over Souths’ tendency to take Nathan out after he had kicked the ball.
Bennett has named rookie Blake Taaffe at fullback, however there have been nonetheless whispers that he may slot the extra skilled Cody Walker or Alex Johnston in there.
“For Penrith, they’ll actually win it off Nathan Cleary’s boot. I believe it’s demise by a thousand cuts with him,” stated Fox League’s Cooper Cronk.
“The again three for Souths of Blake Taaffe, Alex Johnston, Jaxson Paulo – they’re inexperienced gamers and that’s a pink flag for a kicker like Cleary.”
Penrith misplaced fullback Dylan Edwards to damage with Stephen Crichton shifting into the No. 1 position and Charlie Staines coming onto the wing.