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NRL Round 15: Eels vs Rabbitohs preview and prediction

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    The Rabbitohs will be gunning for a sixth straight victory when they host the last placed Eels at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night.

    Souths rested their Origin players last week and came away with a scrappy 18-16 victory over the Titans, to surge into third place on the table.

    The Eels broke a run of five straight losses with a similarly scrappy, but gutsy, 20-14 win over the Cowboys in Darwin.

    Parramatta Eels Scouting Report
    Manu Ma’u returns to the starting side after missing last weekend’s trip to Darwin, with Marata Niukore going back to the bench and Siosaia Vave the 18th man.

    Mitchell Moses could return after being included on the extended bench.

    South Sydney Rabbitohs Scouting Report
    The Rabbitohs have the luxury of bringing in their Origin stars Greg Inglis, Dane Gagai, Damien Cook and Angus Crichton off a rest.

    Cameron Murray and Adam Doueihi move back to the bench, and Robbie Farah, Hymel Hunt, Mark Nicholls and Tyrell Fuimaono drop out of the side.

    Verdict
    Back to reality here for the Eels I feel – I can’t see anything other than a big win for the Rabbitohs.

    Souths were patchy last week, however, with their Origin stars fresh, I see them putting a big score on an Eels’ side which is sure to try hard, but benefited from the Cowboys making over 20 errors last week.

    Could be a mismatch in the forwards here, with the big Rabbitohs’ pack likely to steamroll the Eels, and the points to flow off the back of that.

    Souths by 20+

    State of Origin 2 is here, with the Blues looking to wrap the 2018 series up and the Maroons hoping to keep it alive and force a decider. Follow along with our NSW vs QLD Origin 2 live scores and blog.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • June 14th 2018 @ 4:58pm
      JN said | June 14th 2018 @ 4:58pm | ! Report

      I don’t know why, but I feel that this game might be closer than most of us think it will be. Id say 12+ Rabbitohs win, but I don’t think they will belt the eels

    • June 14th 2018 @ 6:59pm
      Josh Jordan said | June 14th 2018 @ 6:59pm | ! Report

      I still cant decide if Parra played well or the Cowboys played that bad last week, that being said I cant see anything but a Souths win by at least 12+. Sam Burgess to have a blinder

    • June 14th 2018 @ 7:35pm
      uglykiwi said | June 14th 2018 @ 7:35pm | ! Report

      Parramatta by 1; the Hayne Plane to nail a 40m field goal!

    • June 14th 2018 @ 7:35pm
      TigerMike said | June 14th 2018 @ 7:35pm | ! Report

      In over a week, no one’s mentioned the F word…
      He won it for them last week,
      Robbie F where is he tonight?

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