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

The 2023 NRL season was really picking up steam as the Penrith Panthers faced off against the South Sydney Rabbitohs on a pleasantly warm Thursday night. Right from the beginning, the Panthers took an early lead thanks to a remarkable try by Stephen Crichton in the corner, putting them in the lead over the Rabbitohs. As the end of the first half approached, Jerome Luai executed a stunning chip kick that was capped off by the Penrith winger, electrifying the audience. Despite a missed conversion, the Rabbitohs inadvertently handed two points to Penrith by not making it past the 10-metre line with a drop kick following an in-goal restart. By the time of the halftime buzzer, the scoreboard showed a 12-0 lead for the Panthers.

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.