2021 NRL Premiership - Round 23

South Sydney v Penrith

Lang Park Stadium

Fri Aug 20, 8:05pm

Selected Round 23 Teams

CyberView from the Hill - Last Week

CyberView from the Hill - This Week

Late Changes

Su'A and Mago were trimmed 24 hours before the game. Milne was trimmed on game day.

LOSS 12-25

Game had been relocated from Penrith Park due to the Greater Sydney Delta Variant covid outbreak.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs winning streak has come to an end falling to the Penrith Panthers 25 points to 12 at Suncorp Stadium on Friday evening. The Rabbitohs conceded 25 unanswered points after leading 12 points to nil after the opening 30 minutes, with an impressive Panthers outfit dominating field position in the second half from led by NSW halfback Nathan Cleary who controlled the match with his kicking game. The match started with a finals-like intensity with both sides getting through their work effectively. The first opportunity was created by Cameron Murray who earned his side a penalty with some late footwork at the line troubling the Panthers defenders, and Adam Reynolds slotted the goal for a 2 point lead. The Rabbitohs had another attacking opportunity shortly after when Dylan Edwards turned the ball over fielding a kick deep in Panthers territory, allowing Cody Walker to create a four-pointer for Dane Gagai on his return from a hamstring strain. Damien Cook held up the Panthers defenders just enough for Walker to find some space on the left edge for Gagain to cross fighting to get the ball to the turf. The Rabbitohs big guns looked to be on for the match with Damien Cook, who was criticised for his limited run meters in the last matchup against the Panthers probing dangerously out of acting half, and Adam Reynolds producing a pinpoint 40-20 to set up the opportunity for the Rabbitohs second try of the match which was scored by Latrell Mitchell storming onto a Keaon Koloamatangi offload. The try, their 119th, took the Rabbitohs 2021 squad to their highest ever number of tries in a season. Penrith hit back strongly to end the first forty minutes and change the momentum of the game; a Rabbitohs error provided good starting field position for the Panthers who shifted the ball to their right edge creating some space for makeshift winger Paul Momirovski who put boot to ball back infield finding his halfback Nathan Cleary leading the race and crossing next to the posts. Keaon Koloamatangi was placed on report for a crusher tackle on Brent Naden shortly after and with the subsequent penalty, the Panthers had the field position to build some more pressure on the Rabbitohs defence. Souths held firm initially, but after conceding another penalty shortly after, Stephen Crichton managed to get across the try line on the stroke of halftime, once again off the boot of Momirovski, bringing the score to 12-10 at the break. The Panthers dominated possession and territory in the second half with the Rabbitohs pinned against their own line, Penrith were awarded consecutive penalties for an escort on a kick chase followed by a high tackle, and Nathan Cleary threaded a grubber that was cleaned up by Koloamatangi who was trapped in his in-goal. Following another penalty for a high tackle, the Panthers elected to take the two points and level the scores at 12 points all. The Panthers were awarded another penalty for a very controversial "downtown" penalty for Mark Nicholls being in front of the kicker on a play where the Rabbitohs came up w with the ball deep inside the Panthers half off a Penrith error, only for the ball to be marched 40 meters in the opposite direction for Nathan Cleary to slot a gift penalty goal and take a 2 point lead. Josh Mansour spilled the ball fielding a Cleary bomb on the next set and Latrell Mitchell picked up the ball from an offside position, and the Panthers scored on the next set through Brent Naden taking the lead to a converted try. The Rabbitohs had limited opportunities in the second half on the back of an 11-2 penalty count and Nathan Cleary controlled the match with his kicking game, providing the final blow with the NSW halfback kicking a field goal for a 7 point lead to the Panthers with 5 minutes to play. Apisai Koroisau scored a try right on full-time to complete the scorecard, the Panthers running out 25 points to 12 victors. But all of this was a warm up for the main event in three weeks time.

 8 min  2-0  Reynolds goal
10 min  6-0  D.Gagai try Reynolds miss
21 min 12-0  Mitchell try Reynolds goal
30 min 12-6
39 min 12-10
HT     12-10
57 min 12-12
62 min 12-14
65 min 12-18
74 min 12-19
79 min 12-25

D.Gagai, Mitchell tries
Reynolds 2 from 3 goals

Referee     G.Atkins
Crowd       8,848              (Played with 50% capacity due to the Brisbane Covid outbreak)

Scrums       2-3 (1H  2-2 )
Penalities   2-11(1H  1-5 )
6 Again      2-0 (1H  1-0 )

Final Line Up -                      
                                 Min Tac Pe 6A MT LB  Rn  DR    m Er OL   K TA  T  G/A  FG 2FG
Flbk -  1 - Mitchell, Latrell     80   7  2  -  -  1  12   -   92  2  1   -  -  1  -     -   -     
RWng -  5 - Mansour, Josh         67   5  1  -  1  -  15   1  132  1  -   -  -  -  -     -   -     [0-67]
RCnt -  4 - Graham, Campbell      80  14  -  -  5  -  13   2  120  -  -   -  -  -  -     -   -
LCnt -  3 - Gagai, Dane           80   8  -  -  1  1  21   4  173  1  -   -  -  1  -     -   -
LWng -  2 - Johnston, Alex        80   4  -  -  1  -  13   1  105  1  1   -  -  -  -     -   -
5/8  -  6 - Walker, Cody          80  21  2  -  2  -  11   -   71  1  1   7  1  -  -     -   -
Half -  7 - Reynolds, Adam        80  16  1  -  5  -  10   -   48  -  -  14  -  -  2/3   -   - (c) 
Prop -  8 - Nicholls, Mark        29  21  2  -  -  -   8   -   48  -  -   -  -  -  -     -   -     [0-20,57-66]
Hook -  9 - Cook, Damien          80  58  1  -  2  1   5   4   79  -  1   -  -  -  -     -   -     
Prop - 16 - Tatola, Junior        49  31  -  -  -  -  11   -   93  -  -   -  -  -  -     -   -     [0-25,49-73]
SRow - 11 - Koloamatangi, Keaon   80  35  1  -  -  -   7   -   65  2  1   -  1  -  -     -   -     
SRow - 12 - Arrow, Jai            68  42  -  -  4  -  11   -   89  -  1   -  -  -  -     -   -     [0-35,47-80]
Lock - 13 - Murray, Cameron       69  55  -  -  2  -  10   -   74  1  2   -  -  -  -     -   -     [0-49,60-80]

Int  - 14 - Marshall, Benji       14   4  -  -  1  -   3   -   17  -  -   -  -  -  -     -   -     [66-80]
Int  - 15 - Host, Jacob           35  16  -  -  5  -   3   -   36  -  -   -  -  -  -     -   -     [25-60]
Int  - 10 - Burgess, Tom          44  27  1  -  2  -  12   -  105  2  -   -  -  -  -     -   -     [20-57,73-80]
Int  - 17 - Sele, Hame            25  19  -  -  1  -   6   -   55  -  -   -  -  -  -     -   -     [35-47,67-80]

Conc - 20 - Taaffe, Blake                                                                          (DNP)

                                     383 11  - 32  3         1409 11  8  21  2  2  2/3   -   -

Completion Rate      - 28/38 74%

Opposition Offloads  - 6
 
Effective 1st Tackles

 0 min  14m KO
 1 min  16m Walker kick COF
 3 min  15m Reynolds kick COF
 5 min   1m Reynolds kick COF
 8 min   0m P GOAL
 9 min  20m Reynolds kick COF
10 min   0m Pe Err / TRY
12 min  74m SS Err
16 min  11m Pe Err SCR / Reynolds kick COF
18 min   4m Walker kick COF
19 min  75m SS Err(Koalmatangi) 54m SS P(Nicholls)
21 min   0m Reynolds kick 40-20 / TRY
24 min  46m Reynolds kick
26 min  17m Pe-6A / Reynolds kick
27 min  19m Reynolds kick COF
29 min  34m Pe Err SCR / SS Err(Burgess) 34m / (Pe TRY)
32 min  16m KO
34 min  86m Reynolds kick COF 21m / SS P(Koalamatangi) 54m / SS P(Walker)
38 min  62m Pe Err / Reynolds COF 50m SS P(Reynolds) 62m / (Pe TRY)

half time

40 min  17m Reynolds kick COF
43 min  36m P / Walker kick 9m SS P(DCook)
46 min  36m Reynolds kick COF
48 min  37m Reynolds kick
49 min  16m Walker kick
51 min  94m SS Err(Mitchell) 12m / SS P(Mansour) 91m / SS P(Walker)
55 min 100m DO 65m / SS P(Burgess) (Pe GOAL)
57 min  12m KO
59 min  74m DO
62 min 100m Pe Err / Reynolds kick 25m SS P(Nicholls) (Pe GOAL)
63 min  12m KO
64 min  91m SS Err(Mansour) SS P(Mitchell) 91m / (Pe TRY)
66 min  11m KO
68 min  42m Walker kick COF
70 min  20m Walker kick COF
72 min  59m Pe-6A / SS Err(Walker)
73 min  96m SS Err(Johnston) SCR / (Pe FIELDGOAL)
75 min  40m Sh-KO
77 min  44m Walker kick SS Err(DGagai)
79 min  66m Pe Err SS Err(Burgess) / (Pe TRY)

Average effective 1st tackle location
- 41.8m - for the whole match

- 27.4m - 1st half  
- 56.9m - 2nd half  

Other First Grade Matches

34-20 Robi Melbourne  b Gold Coast
19-18 LngS Manly      b Canberra   (Relocated from Bruc due to Bondi Covid Outbreak)
50-20 Rock Cronulla   b Wests-Tig  (Relocated from Leic due to Bondi Covid Outbreak)
22-16 Robi Newcastle  b Canterbury (Relocated from StAu due to Bondi Covid Outbreak)
32-16 Robi Parramatta b Nth Qld    (Relocated from WSS due to Bondi Covid Outbreak)
40-22 Toow Syd Rstrs  b St Geo-Ill (Relocated from Koga due to Bondi Covid Outbreak)
24-22 LngS Brisbane   b Warriors

               W D  L B Diff PT
MELBOURNE     20 -  2 1 +499 42
PENRITH       19 -  3 1 +342 40
SOUTHS        18 -  4 1 +276 38
SYD RSTRS     15 -  7 1 +153 32
MANLY         14 -  8 1 +206 30
PARRAMATTA    14 -  8 1 +131 30
NEWCASTLE     11 - 11 1 -131 24
CRONULLA       9 - 13 1  -32 20
Gold Coast     9 - 13 1  -46 20
Canberra       9 - 13 1  -85 20
Warriors       8 - 14 1 -115 18
St Geo-Ill     8 - 14 1 -126 18
Wests-Tig      8 - 14 1 -162 18
Brisbane       6 - 16 1 -254 14
Nth Qld        6 - 16 1 -272 14
Canterbury     2 - 20 1 -390  6
      

Judiciary News

South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Keaon Koloamatangi has been charged by the match review committee with a grade one crusher tackle. The incident, which occurred in the 35th minute of the match on Penrith Panthers winger Brent Naden, carries a 200 base penalty for the charge. He also incurrs 50% loading for a similar event in the last two years resulting a final charge of 300 points. He has since taken the early guilty please resulting in a 25% reduction and will miss 2 games with 25 carry over points.


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