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Brisbane Broncos vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

16th August, 2018

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Broncos vs Rabbitohs

NRL, 16 August, 2018

Suncorp Stadium
Fulltime - Broncos 38, Rabbitohs 18
Broncos   Rabbitohs
38 FINAL SCORE 18
6 TRIES 3
5 CONVERSION KICKS 2
2 PENALTY GOALS 1
0 FIELD GOALS 0
 
 
Referee: Ashley Klein
Touch judges: Phil Henderson & Michael Wise
Video Referee: Jared Maxwell
Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEST)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
TV: Live, Fox League, Nine Network
Online: Live, Foxtel app, Foxtel now, 9Now, NRL Digital Pass
Betting: Rabbitohs $1.90, Broncos $1.95
Overall record: Played 37, Broncos 27, Rabbitohs 9, drawn 1
Last meeting: Round 8, Rabbitohs 20 defeated by Broncos 24 at ANZ Stadium
Last five: Broncos 5, Rabbitohs 0
Record at venue: Played 16, Broncos 11, Rabbitohs 5
Referees: Ashley Klein, Chris Sutton

Brisbane Broncos
1 Darius Boyd (c), 2 Corey Oates, 3 James Roberts, 4 Jordan Kahu, 5 Jamayne Isaako, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Kodi Nikorima, 8 Matthew Lodge, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Sam Thaiday, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Tevita Pangai Junior, 13 Josh McGuire
Interchange: 14 Kontoni Staggs, 15 Joe Ofahengaue, 16 Korbin Sims, 17 David Fifita, 18 Patrick Mago, 19 Troy Dargan, 20 Gehamat Shibasaki, 21 Sam Tagatese

South Sydney Rabbitohs
1 Dane Gagai, 2 Hymel Hunt, 3 Braidon Burns, 4 Tyrell Fuimaono, 5 Richie Kennar, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Tom Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 George Burgess, 11 John Sutton, 12 Angus Crichton, 13 Sam Burgess (c)
Interchange: 14 Mawene Hiroti, 15 Cameron Murray, 16 Jason Clark, 17 Tevita Tatola, 18 Matt McIlwrick, 19 Kyle Turner, 20 Dean Britt, 21 Connor Tracey
Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright)
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The South Sydney Rabbitohs will need everything to go right as they fight for the minor premiership, but it’ll be a tough task when they travel north to play the desperate Brisbane Broncos. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEST).

The Rabbitohs come into this game understrength, with backline injuries leaving them without Alex Johnston and Greg Inglis, who continues his recovery.

Dane Gagai will make the move to fullback, with the experienced utility back needing to slot straight in and spark the South Sydney outfit alongside Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker in the halves if they are to overcome Brisbane.

Yet, it hasn’t been the halves and spine leading the way for Souths this year. It’s been their forward pack, let by the Burgess brothers who have laid the platform for Damien Cook to roll out of dummy half and ensure their attack has been firey.

Combine it with a strong defensive effort and will not to concede points, it’s little surprise they have won 11 of their last 13, although a loss to the Roosters last week may put a spanner in the works.

They didn’t have 17 players for the duration of that game though and while their form isn’t quite at the level it was when they won nine straight, it’s not far away.

The biggest thing the Broncos appear to have going for them is their record over the Rabbitohs, which has seen them win all of the last five and 27 of 37 in total.

The pressure is starting to build on Wayne Bennett’s men. While the off-field coaching rumours continue to circulate, the Broncos have lost two matches on the hop against bottom four sides the Bulldogs and Cowboys.

While it’s hard to take a great deal from the Queensland derby given ladder position never seems to matter, the loss the previous week to the Bulldogs was a major concern.

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Their issues in defence and in creating enough points across the park reared their head again and if the Broncos are to win tonight, they need their forwards to match it with the Rabbitohs, to control the ruck and hope Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima pull something out of the bag for 80 minutes in the halves.

Prediction
Brisbane have the record and the home ground, but their form is somewhat unpredictable and given Souths game has been based on a dominant forward pack, not having their backline shouldn’t bother them too much.

Rabbitohs by 8.

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