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NRL Round 15: Eels vs Rabbitohs preview and prediction

Jarryd Hayne of the Eels celebrates with teammates. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)
Roar Guru
13th June, 2018
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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.

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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+