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South Sydney Rabbitohs
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Friday night NRL continues with the Brisbane Broncos hosting the South Sydney Rabbitohs from Suncorp Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8:05pm AEDT.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are looking to go one better this year while much better is expected from the Brisbane Broncos, at least north of the border.
That expected improvement was due to to the signing of Adam Reynolds, but fans will be left to wait for at least another week.
COVID has ravaged the Broncos with Reynolds, Kobe Hetherington, Tyson Gamble and Cory Paix all out with the illness.
However, as well as Reynolds, they have recruited well. Billy Walters, Kurt Capewell, Ryan James and Tyrone Roberts all make their club debuts for the Broncos. Keenan Palasia starts at prop with Thomas Flegler suspended.
Fans will be happy to see a fully fit Kotoni Staggs run out. If Staggs has a big game, the Broncos are a chance.
The Rabbitohs are about to begin a new era after the departure of Wayne Bennett and Adam Reynolds. New coach Jason Demetriou has a big job ahead of him, but will be relying on the likes of Damien Cook and Cameron Murray to set a standard for his side.
Blake Taaffe comes in for the suspended Latrell Mitchell at fullback, while Lachlan Ilias gets the first shot in the seven jersey. Michael Chee Kam makes his club debut from the bench.
The Brisbane Broncos looked good in patches last year but silly mistakes continued to bite them.
Adam Reynolds goes some way to address this but the young Broncos side must find a way themselves.
I give the Broncos a rough chance at home but the Rabbitohs should have too much class in the end, with Cody Walker set to take on a bigger role this season.
South Sydney Rabbitohs by 12.
1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Billy Walters 7. Albert Kelly 8. Keenan Palasia 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan
Interchange: 14. Ryan James 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Teui Robati 17. Tyrone Roberts 18. Corey Jensen 19. Brenko Lee 20. Jordan Pereira 21. Te Maire Martin 22. Ezra Mam
1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Jaxson Paulo 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray
Interchange: 14. Jacob Host 15. Siliva Havili 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Michael Chee Kam 18. Davvy Moale 19. Josh Mansour 20. Liam Knight 21. Richard Kennar 22. Peter Mamouzelos