Last Time Played: Panthers v Rabbitohs
Round 12, 2011
The Panthers prevailed 22-10 in the rain at Centrebet Stadium back in Round 12 last year.
In a surprisingly high-quality contest given the conditions (just 18 errors all up) the home side raced to a 16-4 lead at halftime, scoring three tries to one and posting four unanswered line-breaks. The Rabbitohs turned things around in the second half, with hooker Issac Luke crossing immediately after the break and Chris Sandow’s conversion narrowing the gap to 16-10.
From there the bunnies actually shaded the home side everywhere but on the scoreboard – they ploughed out three unanswered line-breaks of their own in the second 40, as well as a 250-metre territorial advantage, but still couldn’t get their noses in front. Lachlan Coote’s try with nine minutes remaining snuffed out their revival.
The Panthers were best served by props McKendry (137 metres) and Petero Civoniceva (172 metres) while Coote carved out 170 metres with eight tackle-breaks. Fullback Rhys Wesser starred for the visitors with a match-high 217 metres.