Penrith Panthers Dominate South Sydney Rabbitohs with 16-10 Victory in Second Round of NRL Season 2023: Game Review

The NRL season 2023 was heating up as the Penrith Panthers clashed with the South Sydney Rabbitohs on a balmy Thursday evening. From the get-go, the Panthers were off to a flying start with a sensational try in the corner by Stephen Crichton, putting them ahead of the Rabbitohs. As the first half drew to a close, Jerome Luai delivered an incredible chip kick, finished off by the Penrith winger, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Although the conversion was missed, the Rabbitohs gifted two points to Penrith by failing to pass the 10-metre mark with a drop kick off an in-goal restart. The scoreboard read 12-0 in favour of the Panthers at the halftime whistle.

The second half started with a bang as Penrith piled on the pressure, with Crichton delivering another stunning try at the 53-minute mark, bringing the score to 16-0. It looked like the Panthers were set to dominate, but the Rabbitohs mounted a comeback with two consolation tries, including a jaw-dropping flick pass by Latrell Mitchell. However, they couldn’t catch up to Penrith’s lead, and the Panthers claimed the victory.

Despite missing Kikau, who now plays for the Canterbury Bulldogs, the Panthers played with grit and determination, with Dylan Edwards stepping up to save the day and cover for a break down the sideline by the Rabbitohs in the dying seconds of the match. The electrifying Stephen Crichton was named Man of the Match in Penrith’s 16-10 triumph over South Sydney. The Rabbitohs will have their work cut out for them next week when they take on the Roosters, while the Panthers enjoy a well-deserved bye.