South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers: NRL live scores, blog
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South Sydney Vs. Wests Tigers
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 30 July, 2012
|ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW|
|South Sydney 32 defeated Wests Tigers 6|
|South Sydney||Wests Tigers|
|Referee: T Archer|
|Touch judges: P Holland & Ricky McFarlane|
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have won their past four matches but are without Greg Inglis and Issac Luke for today’s crucial clash against the flamboyant Wests Tigers. Join us for live scores and commentary from 3.00pm AEST.
South Sydney currently sit in third position on the NRL ladder and are rolling along nicely on the back of last week’s comprehensive 36-18 win over the Dragons.
But their victory against St George Illawarra was soured by a high shot from Inglis, who has since been suspended for three matches.
With Inglis and Luke sitting on the sidelines, the Rabbitohs are without two of their best attacking weapons and their absence could prove fatal against the dangerous Tigers this afternoon.
Despite succumbing to the Cowboys on Monday night, the Tigers were at their extravagant best in the first half and really tested North Queensland’s defence around the ruck, with Robbie Farah in particular wrecking havoc.
With Benji Marshall and Farah in strong form, the Tigers will fancy their chances of outscoring South Sydney in what should be a high scoring contest.
The absence of Inglis and Luke is huge for South Sydney. Both of these players play a crucial role in the Rabbitohs attack, particularly up the middle of the field.
When South Sydney’s forwards get a roll on, Inglis is usually on hand to make the most of a retreating defence, as evidenced by his wonderful try against the Dragons last week.
With the Dragons moving backwards, Inglis raced onto a wonderful inside pass from Sutton and blitzed four Dragons defenders en route to the tryline.
While Nathan Merritt is also adept to finding the tryline, the Tigers will be mightily relieved that Inglis will not be returning possession this afternoon.
Luke’s work at dummy half meanwhile will also be missed. The Kiwi hooker is the man responsible for igniting the Rabbitohs attack out of dummy half with his strong darts.
Although replacement hooker Nathan Peats played well against the Dragons, he now comes up against incumbent NSW hooker Farah, who was the Tigers’ best player last week.
With Marshall and Farah no strangers to producing great football on a Sunday afternoon, the Rabbitohs will have to be at their best defensively if they are to hold out the Tigers today.
That said, South Sydney will still fancy their chances of scoring a fair amount of points today, given the great form of Dave Taylor, John Sutton, Adam Reynolds, Nathan Merritt and Andrew Everingham.
But with Inglis and Luke missing today, it is the Tigers that possess the x-factors necessary to emerge with the win.
Tigers by 6
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