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South Sydney Rabbitohs
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Round 9 of the NRL Premiership gets underway tonight when the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Brisbane Broncos at Accor Stadium in Sydney. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7.50pm AEST.
All the media noise this week will focus on Adam Reynolds’ first game against his old club. As interesting as that is, the focus really should be who collects the 2 premiership points in a battle between two clubs on the fringes of the top 8.
If you missed last weekend, South Sydney’s 40-22 win over Manly would have looked very impressive. The reality is though, with Karl Lawton dismissed in the 8th minute, the Sea Eagles arguably took the most positives out of that game.
Cody Walker’s partnership with Lachlan Ilias is still in its infancy, and the attack does look clunky at times. Damien Cook has been below his best and needs to re-discover his running game.
Liam Knight returns to the interchange for the Rabbits, with Davvy Moale and Shaquai Mitchell out of the 17 man squad. Isaiah Tass keeps his spot in the centres ahead of Taane Milne.
The Broncos were impressive against the Sharks last round, winning 16-7 in a second half shut out. Few pundits gave the Broncos a chance, but they secured their biggest scalp of the season so far.
We’ve always known that Kotoni Staggs was a match winner on his day, but his form has been consistently good this year and he edged out Siosifa Talakai last start. He must be on the cusp of Origin selection.
In major blows for the Broncos, Payne Haas and Kurt Capewell are both out with injury. TC Robati replaces Capewell in the second row. In more welcome news, Patrick Carrigan is named to return from his knee injury early and slots into Haas’ spot at prop.
Haas’ absence for the Broncos is significant as the big forward consistently gets lots of metres for Brisbane.
Carrigan’s return does make up some of this lost ground but it may not be enough.
Despite their victory last weekend, the Rabbitohs will be keen to improve on their performance tonight and I think they will.
South Sydney Rabbitohs by 12
1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Campbell Graham 5. Josh Mansour 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray
Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Hame Sele 16. Liam Knight 17. Jaxson Paulo
1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Patrick Carrigan 11. TC Robati 12. Jordan Riki 13. Kobe Hetherington
Interchange: 14. Cory Paix 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia