Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog
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Canterbury Vs. South Sydney
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 2 June, 2012
|ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW|
|Canterbury 23 defeated South Sydney 18|
|Referee: B Cummins|
|Touch judges: S Carrall & Daniel Eastwood|
In one of the big matches of the round, the Canterbury Bulldogs will need to be at their best if they are to contain a South Sydney Rabbitohs outfit firmly entrenched inside the top four. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.
After a slow start on Monday night, the Bulldogs romped their way to a convincing 30-12 victory against the Roosters, but will need to improve if they are to match the in-form Rabbitohs tonight.
South Sydney are on a four match winning streak and are riding high on the back of superb performances from star players Dave Taylor and Greg Inglis.
Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke has also been outstanding for the Rabbitohs over the past month, while rookie halfback Adam Reynolds continues to impress with his mature passing and kicking game.
With all of South Sydney’s key players firing, the Bulldogs will certainly have their hands full tonight, particularly if Inglis and Taylor continue their destructive form.
If the Rabbitohs hope to continue their winning streak, they will have to get the better of a Bulldogs pack that ranks as one of the most formidable in the NRL.
Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano is arguably establishing himself as one of the NRL’s best forwards – a tag enhanced by his display against the Roosters on Monday.
Kasiano was close to unstoppable against Sydney, particularly in the first half when he had a try dissallowed despite barging his way past several Roosters defenders to score.
If Kasiano is allowed to build a head of steam, he will certainly prove difficult to contain for the Rabbitohs tonight.
Kiwi forward Frank Pritchard ia also in good form and will need to be kept in check by South Sydney.
The Bulldogs however will not have it all their own way upfront as they confront a Rabbitohs pack featuring a world class second row containing Michael Crocker, Sam Burgess and Taylor.
If these three players are able to fork out consistent territory, the Rabbitohs will cause havoc with their second phase play, particularly if Inglis and John Sutton chime into the attack.
Taylor in particular is a master of bending the defensive line before offloading possession, so the Bulldogs will have to wrap the Queensland Origin forward ball and all if they are to restrict is attacking capabilities.
With so many gifted attacking players on both sides, tonight’s contest promises to be an absolute beauty.
Ben Barba, Josh Morris and Krisnan Inu are all capable of scoring tries for the Bulldogs, as are Inglis, Nathan Merritt and Andrew Everingham for the Rabbitohs.
Although the Bulldogs will severely test the Rabbitohs tonight, South Sydney have momentum on their side, and with Inglis in such prime form, the redfern based club may just sneak home in a try fest.
Rabbitohs by 8