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The South Sydney Rabbitohs will look to get back to their best form and maintain a winning streak when they host the under siege, but finally back in the winners’ circle Brisbane Broncos. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEDT).
While the on-field product from both sides has come under the microscope for different reasons in the early going this season, it’s in the coaches box where this match takes on its biggest storyline.
During the off-season, Anthony Seibold and Wayne Bennett made a well-documented switcharoo between their respective clubs, and it’s now that they will face off for the first time.
The Rabbitohs have, on the scoreboard at least, picked up right where they left off at the end of 2018. They carry a six and one record into the contest and will be looking to keep that going, but it’s unarguable to say they have been pretty clunky in attack.
Their defence has won them the vast majority of games, and while an attack featuring Adam Reynolds, Cody Walker, Alex Johnston, Damien Cook and Sam Burgess among others will click eventually, they’d like that to be sooner rather than later.
Of course, they are at least winning.
Seibold’s side have been in turmoil, and while they had a face-saving victory against an undermanned Cronulla Sharks outfit at home last week, they are in the bottom portion of the table with a record of just two and five.
The Broncos have struggled at both ends of the park, and for the most part, been one of the worst defensive teams in the competition. This is quite obviously having majorly adverse impacts on their form.
They now couple that with the rumours surrounding the imminent departure of Kodi Nikorima and James Roberts, and there suddenly is hardly a question they are the team coming into this encounter with their backs to the wall.
The only positive for Brisbane is their long-term record over Souths since their admission into the competition, having won 21 out of 29 matches.
Souths will finally click tonight. Brisbane’s defence has been ordinary, and I can see this being a bit of a blowout by the time it’s all said and done.
Rabbitohs by 16.
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Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEDT)
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Homebush
TV: Live, Fox League 502, Channel 9
Online: Live, Foxtel app, Foxtel now, Kayo Sports, NRL Digital Pass, 9Now
Betting: Rabbitohs $1.51, Broncos $2.50
Overall record: Played 29, Broncos 21, Rabbitohs 7, drawn 1
Last meeting: Round 23, 2018 – Broncos 38 defeat Rabbitohs 18
Last five: Broncos 5, Rabbitohs 0
Record at venue: Played 5, Rabbitohs 3, Broncos 2
Referees: Gerard Sutton, Peter Gough
South Sydney Rabbitohs
1. Alex Johnston 2. Corey Allen 3. Kyle Turner 4. Dane Gagai 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. George Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. John Sutton 12. Sam Burgess 13. Cameron Murray
Interchange: 14. Tevita Tatola 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Ethan Lowe 17. Liam Knight 20. Dean Britt 21. Mawene Hiroti
1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. James Roberts 4. Jack Bird 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Anthony Milford 7. Tom Dearden 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Tevita Pangai
Interchange: 14. Kotoni Staggs 15. David Fifita 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Joe Ofahengaue 18. Patty Carrigan 19. Gehamat Shibasaki