The Canterbury Bulldogs will have to be at their best if they are to cause the upset against a South Sydney Rabbitohs outfit coming off a morale-boosting victory over Manly. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7.30pm AEST.
Canterbury did enough to defeat the Raiders away from home but face a far more daunting prospect tonight when they play South Sydney.
The Rabbitohs returned to the winners circle last week after defeating the Sea Eagles by 12 points in a controversial contest.
Despite struggling to match’s Manly’s intensity for large parts of the contest, South Sydney managed to secure two vital competition points on the back of a favourable penalty count, strong defence and the great kicking game of Adam Reynolds.
It was a win that puts the Rabbitohs premiership campaign back on track after a below par month that saw them lose three of their past four matches.
After taxing trips to North Queensland, Melbourne and the Central Coast, South Sydney are back in familiar territory and will be difficult to defeat at ANZ stadium tonight.
The Bulldogs still have Barba sidelined but Josh Morris has filled admirably in his place and is the player South Sydney must shut down tonight if they are to win.
Morris tore the Raiders edge defence to shreds last week, setting up three tries and scoring one himself in a devastating performance.
Josh Reynolds was also very solid for Canterbury last week and will be keen to get the better of his cousin Adam in what promises to be a key match-up in the halves.
Upfront, the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs are fairly evenly matched, and both sets of forwards will be keen to fire in front of a big crowd.
With plenty on the line tonight, this contest promises to be a beauty as the finals draw ever closer.
With the Bulldogs still missing some key players though, South Sydney should do enough to win tonight, particularly if Reynolds and Greg Inglis play well.
Rabbitohs by 12.