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The match will see Rabbitohs head coach Wayne Bennett in his 10th Grand Final

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The NRL Grand Final will see the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Penrith Panthers on Sunday.

The showdown had been in doubt amid concerns around the pandemic in Queensland, where the match is being held.

But the state reported only three Covid cases on Friday and it means fans are expected to be allowed to attend the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

When is the NRL Grand Final?

The match takes place on Sunday night in Brisbane at 7.30pm, which will be 10.30am in the UK.

How to watch in the UK

The game can be bought via the nrl website, although a Grand Final pass costs a chunky £24.00.

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What are the odds?

South Sydney Rabbitohs 5/4

Penrith Panthers 4/7

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Master mentor Wayne Bennett will bid to extend his record to eight National Rugby League (NRL) titles as a coach on Sunday in his last match in charge of South Sydney when the Rabbitohs take on Penrith Panthers in the championship-deciding Grand Final.

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the top flight of Australian rugby league over the past two seasons and a small outbreak in Brisbane could yet scupper the showpiece game if authorities pull the lockdown trigger.

But Bennett has risen above the chaos to steer the ‘Bunnies’ to their first Grand Final since their drought-breaking 2014 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs.

While written off several times as a coaching force since taking St George Illawarra to the 2010 title, the last of his championships, the 71-year-old is still at the top of his game.

He has had to be this season, with the Rabbitohs suffering a huge blow in the leadup to the playoffs when elite fullback Latrell Mitchell was banned for the rest of the campaign for a high hit on Sydney Roosters’ Joseph Manu.

“If I was washed up as coach, I wouldn’t coach another day because I would be letting too many people down,” Bennett told reporters after the 36-16 win over Manly last week.

It was one of a series of remarks that would have stung Brisbane Broncos fans, three years after the club fired the man who delivered them six titles and took them to the 2015 decider.

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