It wouldn’t be a big final day without an injury crisis, and Dylan Edwards’ condition remains up in the air just hours before the game.
Nine’s Danny Weidler said Penrith’s fullback was walking on crutches during the team walk this morning.
This could very well be smoke and mirrors – Edwards has often been in a hiking boot before competitions while battling plantar fasciitis, and with Charlie Staines evicted from the squad yesterday, only Brett Naden remains in the reserves as a possible replacement.
If something were to happen to Edwards, you would expect Stephen Crichton to move to fullback and Naden to take the empty spot on the right flank (possibly swapping with right center Paul Momirovski).
Edwards was missing the last time the two sides met, when Souths stunned the Panthers in week one of the final.