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The Panthers host South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday night at Pepper Stadium, looking to bounce back after being struck down by Melbourne Storm.

Anthony Griffin has recalled Dylan Edwards to the side at fullback, while Michael Oldfield makes his first appearance in a Panthers jersey on the wing against his former side. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak lines up on the opposite wing alongside brother Dallin for his NRL debut. Reagan Campbell-Gillard takes his place in the front row for his 50th NRL game.


Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire has named an unchanged side to the one that was handily beaten 20-6 by the Cowboys last week, with former Panthers juniors Braidon Burns and Robert Jennings making up part of the Souths back line.

The Panthers will have to go back to the drawing board after being shut out by the Storm during their 28-6 loss last Saturday. Despite dominating field territory and possession for large periods of the game, the Panthers could only muster one try and allowed a ball-starved Storm side to cross over five times.

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.