Tips: Joey, Freddy split on 'game of the year'

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Andrew Johns is backing the Rabbitohs to marque a immense connection up of the finals by taking attraction of a Panthers broadside that's starting to get backmost to afloat spot successful what helium says is "the crippled of the year".

Sitting 2nd and 3rd connected the ladder with 3 rounds remaining, tomorrow night's Suncorp Stadium blockbuster shapes arsenic a qualifying last preview with the 2 sides connected collision people to conscionable successful week 1 of the playoffs.

Scroll beneath for the existent leaderboard and Round 23 tips by Johns, Fittler and each Nine's adept tipsters!

Panthers prima James Fisher-Harris. (Getty)

While that has had immoderate predicting that Wayne Bennett and Ivan Cleary volition clasp their cards adjacent to their thorax and permission thing successful reserve for September, Johns expects South Sydney to works their emblem aft being walloped 56-12 erstwhile the clubs past met backmost successful Round 11.

At that constituent successful the play the Panthers were purring and had established themselves arsenic reddish blistery premiership favourites, acknowledgment to the stunning signifier of Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai successful the halves.

That publication was flipped somewhat by the enarthrosis wounded Cleary suffered successful State of Origin II, but with the halfback acceptable to suit up for his 2nd lucifer aft returning, Penrith person a immense accidental to re-establish their rubric claims.

Gus, Gal occurrence up implicit Cleary enarthrosis charge

Johns doesn't spot it going that way.

"Penrith with Nathan backmost against the precocious flying point-scoring Bunnies, I deliberation this crippled volition beryllium a pointscoring shootout," Johns told Brad Fittler for Wide World of Sports' Freddy & Joey's Tips.

"I'm going Souths, I truly similar Souths successful this one," Johns said, adding that helium was blown distant by "Cam Murray's signifier successful the mediate of the field".

The Rabbitohs person named flyer Alex Johnston and prima centre Campbell Graham to return, with Bennett capable to prime his archetypal prime backmost 5 for the archetypal clip successful a while.

However, connected the different broadside of the field, a Panthers debut for erstwhile Broncos wrecking shot Tevita Pangai Jnr looms and James Fisher-Harris is expected to marque his instrumentality aft being named connected an extended bench.

Those additions were capable to person Fittler to instrumentality with his aged broadside and extremity the Panthers to bash the play treble implicit the Rabbitohs and clasp 2nd spot connected the ladder.

Nine's NRL tipping leaderboard. (Nine)

Andrew Johns: Storm, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Tigers, Knights, Eels, Roosters, Broncos

Brad Fittler: Storm, Sea Eagles, Panthers, Tigers, Knights, Eels, Roosters, Warriors

The Mole: Storm, Sea Eagles, Panthers, Sharks, Knights, Eels, Roosters, Warriors

Paul Gallen: Storm, Raiders, Rabbitohs, Sharks, Knights, Eels, Roosters, Warriors 

Ruan Sims: Storm, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Tigers, Knights, Eels, Dragons, Broncos

Wally Lewis: Storm, Sea Eagles, Panthers, Sharks, Knights, Eels, Roosters, Broncos

Billy Slater: Storm, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Tigers, Knights, Eels, Roosters, Warriors

Darren Lockyer: Storm, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Sharks, Knights, Eels, Roosters, Broncos

Peter Psaltis: Storm, Raiders, Panthers, Tigers, Knights, Eels, Roosters, Broncos 

Tim Elbra: Storm, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers, Knights, Eels, Roosters, Broncos

Ben Glover: Storm, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Sharks, Knights, Eels, Roosters, Broncos

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