Penrith and South Sydney have come all the way and now get the chance to create history in the 2021 NRL Grand Final.
The Bet Deluxe NRL team has gone through all the markets and found the best bets and the best same game multi for the season-ending game on Sunday night.
Head to head, first try scorers, total points scored and our suggested same game multi.
Penrith vs. South Sydney
October 3rd 7:30pm
It all comes down to this.
Penrith and South Sydney will meet for the second time this finals series when they face off against each other to determine the 2021 NRL premier.
In a year that has been marred by constant fixture and venue changes, these two teams have come out on top and will battle it out tooth and nail in an attempt to hold up the Provan-Summons Trophy.
We already have a slight gauge into how this game might go with the Souths and Panthers meeting in the qualifying final back on September 11.
It was 16-10 upset victory to the Rabbitohs on that occasion, as the point-scoring form of Cody Walker, Jaxson Paulo and Adam Reynolds proved pivotal in the result.
South Sydney then progressed into the grand final with a big 36-16 victory over Manly and it was that trio of Walker, Paulo and Reynolds who again had a massive influence on the contest.
Penrith, meanwhile, found a way to haul itself over the line against Melbourne Storm in what was a brutal encounter at Suncorp Stadium.
Tackle after tackle, set after set.
The Panthers won their way through to a second grand-final in as many years with a 10-6 success over the minor premiers and will attempt to right the wrongs of 2020.
Coach Ivan Cleary gets the chance to atone for the horrific first-half his team produced in the grand final against the Storm last year, which would ultimately cost them premiership glory.
A trophy that has so far eluded Cleary as a coach, might just very well become a thing of the past come Sunday night at about 9:30pm.
The Panthers resolute defence came to the fore against the Storm last week and that is what will prove the difference between them and Rabbitohs this time around.
Penrith Panthers -3.5 at $1.90
Penrith Panthers head to head at $1.65
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Brian To’o anytime tryscorer
Leg 2: Penrith Panthers -3.5
Leg 3: Total points scored over 39.5
Leg 4: Penrith first to 10 points
Combined odds = $5.75
First try scorer
Brian To'o/Jaxson Paulo
The biggest threats for both teams out wide will be the running power of star wingers Brian To’o and Jaxson Paulo.
We will start with Panthers winger To’o whose 42nd minute try against Melbourne Storm last week proved a huge factor in progressing through the grand final.
His confidence will be sky-high heading into this game and he was the favourite in the market to score first try last time these teams met in the qualifying final.
Alternatively, from a Souths perspective, Paulo has scored a try in both finals games he has played so far this season.
He jettisoned over the line to score two tries in the preliminary final win over Manly.
Those tries took his season total to seven and he is in great form, while showing no signs of that broken scaphoid which threatened to derail his season.
He will be the man attempting to break the lines down the flank early in the contest.
Brain To’o first try scorer at $8.5
Jaxson Paulo first try scorer at $11
Total points scored
The 39.5 total point scored market looks well and truly under what this game is going to throw up on Sunday night.
Granted, it was a low-scoring affair when Penrith and South Sydney met in the qualifying final.
Prior to that, the Round 23 game went to 37 points when both teams were missing a handful of key players.
Round 11 saw a whopping 68 points scored on what was a crisp, dry night at Suncorp Stadium.
We face similar conditions on Sunday night with Brisbane expecting a warm, dry day which is perfect for high-scoring free-flowing rugby.
With the likes of Cody Walker, Alex Johnston, Jaxon Paulo and Latrell Mitchell patrolling the offensive guard for the Souths and Brian To’o, Charlie Staines, Nathan Cleary and Stephen Crichton doing the same for the Panthers, expect a try-scoring frenzy in this grand final.
Total points scored over 39.5 at $1.90