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Queensland government confirmed new public health restrictions this morning, as six new cases were recorded in the state overnight, including one in Far North Queensland.
However, with the state moving back into Stage 2 restrictions, 13,000 ticketholder have unfortunately been told that they will have to stay home as the stadium is forced to scale back to 75% capacity for the decider between the Panthers and Rabbitohs.
On top of these rapidly changing restrictions, the pre-match fanfare is growing more and more tense by the day – as the rugby league world begins to speculate as to who will when this epic battle between South and West Sydney.
Die-hard Rabbitohs supporters across Australia are reportedly as difficult as ever to hang out with.
Yesterday it was reported that Russell Crowe is almost unbearable to be around right now.
Country singer Troy Cassar-Daley is all over Instagram posting videos of himself playing Glory Glory to South Sydney on the electric guitar.
Meanwhile, Sydney-based TV personalities Mikey Robbins and Andrew Denton have been arrested in the NSW Border Ranges attempting to cross into Queensland illegally in a 1998 Rav4 with stolen license plates.
However, it seems that the Penrith fanbase are just as unruly at the moment.
Federal Labor member and Panthers degenerate, Ed Husic MP, has today been spotted purchasing Penrith themed ugg boots and underwear at Peter Wynn’s sports store in Parramatta.
Studio Ten host and proud Mount Druitt girl Sarah Harris has been issued a $5000 dollar fine for trying to organise an illegal grand final viewing in the leagues club car park ahead of the match on Sunday.
This ‘tale of two cities’ has also engulfed the hip hop community, with the world’s highest-charted recording artist The Kid Laroi reportedly not talking to any of his associated acts from Western Sydney until next week at least.
The 18-year-old Laroi, a product of the housing commission flats of South Sydney’s Waterloo, is well known as a die-hard Bunnies fan. Unfortunately, his fellow Australian rap artists OneFour are also recognised as undying Panthers fans.
While label representatives from both bands say that this sporting rivalry does not consitute a ‘rap beef’ – it can be confirmed that the members of OneFour are also not interested in talking to Laroi either – for a little while anyway.
This cold war of Australian rap icons is likely to last until late next week, when celebrations settle down for which ever side wins.
The Betoota Advocate reached out to The Kid Laroi for an official comment, but were only given two words: Glory Glory.
We also reached out to Spenny14 from the Mount Druitt drill group, and but he was unwilling to say anything over the phone – opting to make scratchy Panther growls before hanging up.