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Can any of these three camps dethrone Penrith?




The NRL is reaching the sharp end of the season, as things start to heat up and teams look to solidify their place in the final.

The reigning Premiers will try to win back-to-back Premierships, while other clubs imagine their chances of becoming the new champion.

Here are my top three teams that could knock out Penrith, ranked 3-1 (least likely to most likely).

3. Brisbane Broncos

The Brisbane Broncos are delivering a historic season as they currently sit fourth in the NRL standings, having finished in the bottom three for the past two seasons.

Brisbane are playing exceptional football and they have officially launched their bid for the premiership after dominating the Parramatta Eels last Thursday night.

The Broncos have only lost two of their last 12 games, which shows they’re very consistent.

Adam Reynolds led me to believe that he is definitely the signing of the year and has improved not only himself but also others around him. The Souths are missing a big chunk, and the Broncos have finally found themselves a high-quality halfback.

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The two games they recently lost were at the hands of Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys. These clubs are both very high quality and will pose a threat during the finals, although that’s no excuse, given that it’s likely that Brisbane will have to face these two teams if they want to make a deep final.

2. North Queensland Cowboys

Despite having the benefit of the doubt against a proclaimed ‘stolen’ Tigers, North Queensland are another thriving Queensland team and have made incredible progress.

The Cowboys have been the most impressive and improving team throughout the season and continue to put on an exhilarating spectacle for their fans every week.

Many players were also featured in this year’s State of Origin Series and had a major impact on the outcome. It’s incredible how far this team has come, full of young talents. Player development and club management need to give each other a good pat on the back.

The Cowboys are currently the team closest to Penrith on the ladder, but they went scoreless against the reigning Premiers earlier in the season.

I believe they have improved since then and will find themselves deep in the hunt for a premiership.

1. Rabbitohs of South Sydney

The South Sydney Rabbitohs were one secondary conversion away from sending the last Grand Final into extra time.

The first half of that season fell short of expectations set for Souths as they sat eighth on the ladder and held a .500 record after 12 rounds. Since then, the Souths have lost just one of their last seven matches and are arguably the most in-form team in the competition at the moment.

Latrell Mitchell adds the Tom Trbojevic 2021 effect on the Rabbitohs as they posted their best performances of the year after returning from the back to the side.

Latrell is fascinating to watch and he is one of those players who pulls out all the stops in every game situation and is sometimes the type of individual a club needs to get their season back on track.

The Bunnies have a tantalizing test against Cronulla on Saturday and a win can give them a huge boost of confidence heading into the home stretch of the season and of course the final.

It will be very difficult for anyone to beat Penrith, especially in September, although if there is one team that can do it, it’s Souths.

They can change the game in an instant, and I think they can flip a switch and put Penrith on the back foot. The Bunnies may not finish in the top four, however, another big final appearance is on the cards.




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