Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has urged NRL
match officials to protect halfback Nathan Cleary from unnecessary contact in a bid to throw off the star's lethal kicking game tomorrow night.
The Panthers suspect the Rabbitohs are planning an ambush on Cleary as they try to limit the impact of his kicking game, in a an effort to make things easier for rookie fullback Blake Taaffe.
It comes after the Panthers recently discovered that Rabbitohs officials made a series of complaints to the NRL after Penrith's victory against Souths in round 23. South Sydney was fuming about "blockers" giving Cleary extra time to put up his floating bombs.