The Australian NRL Grand Final Rabbitohs vs Panthers 2022 will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. It’s the first time the NRL Grand Final has been played outside of Sydney but excitement for the fixture is still just as intense!
Both these teams have had their fair share of free-to-air TV coverage, especially the Panthers. However, this round’s Raiders vs Panthers requires a subscription to view.
With Raiders vs Panthers being exclusive to Fox League, that means you can pick from Kayo Sports, Foxtel or Foxtel Now. Out of the 3, Kayo Sports is the most appealing option as it has the longest free trial and is by far the cheapest compared to Foxtel.
The NRL Grand Final 2022 will be played by the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Penrith Panthers. It’s set to be a nail-biting 80 minutes, but definitely worth a watch!
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Raiders vs Panthers match preview
The Raiders are 1 of 5 teams within 4 points of each other jostling for position to get into the finals at the lower end of the top 8. The Raiders will have a tough ask to win vs the top side on the ladder in the Panthers. But some of those other teams in the top 8 traffic jam are facing higher-placed finals contenders this round too. So that means they might not also move any higher up the ladder.
Further in the Raiders’ favour is that even if they come up short vs the Panthers, their run to finals features opponents all currently below them on the premiership ladder.
The Panthers will be without their match-winning halves vs the Raiders. Halfback Nathan Cleary was suspended after a dangerous throw against the Eels last week, while five-eighth Jarome Luai is out with a knee injury sustained 2 weeks ago vs the Sharks. They both won’t be back on the field until the finals.
This shouldn’t faze the Panthers too much given they managed to get through the tough Origin period undefeated minus all their stars. They do have a hard road to the finals though, with top contenders the Storm, Rabbitohs and Cowboys all in their path. They’d like to lock away a win now to further consolidate their top spot on the ladder and have a backup in case they lose a match or 2 before the finals.
Last week was only the second time the Panthers have lost this season, with the other time also to the Eels. When the 2 teams met in round 7 earlier this year, the Panthers were well on top despite a tough physical presence from the Raiders.
Raiders vs Panthers team lists
Raiders: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papalii 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Emre Guler 17. Corey Harawira-Naera 18. Albert Hopoate 19. Ata Mariota 20. Matt Frawley 21. Corey Horsburgh 22. Semi Valemei
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jaeman Salmon 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Moses Leota 9 Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Charlie Staines 18. Sunia Turuva 19. Matthew Eisenhuth 20. Chris Smith 21. Kurt Falls 22. Lindsay Smith