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South Sydney Rabbitohs
South Sydney Rabbitohs
The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canberra Raiders meet in Dubbo for Sunday afternoon NRL. Join The Roar for live scores from 2pm AEST.
Rugby league returns to the beautiful rural setting of Dubbo, with a jam packed Apex Oval set to host what looms as a crucial clash between two teams hopeful of finals play this season.
Both the Rabbitohs and Raiders have been inconsistent in 2022, with neither club favoured to be a serious threat when the pointy end of the season eventually arrives. Yet with improvement possible, Souths and Canberra will be hoping to turn their seasons around across the next three months and mount something of a charge.
The Rabbitohs went within moments of going down to the Warriors in Round 10, allowing a substantial lead to slip away before eventually claiming the two points. Earlier losses to the Broncos and Wests Tigers have been concerning and whilst scoring points has not been an issue, defensive application and the ability to close out matches has.
Ricky Stuart’s Raiders have been a model of inconsistency and disappointment in 2022, although the superb 30-10 win against the Sharks last weekend has lifted them to the fringes of the eight. A win today could see them only outside the finals’ position on for and against and would also translate into a third successive win for a team that many had written off after five straight losses earlier in the season.
Sadly for the Raiders, influenza has struck the camp, with the squad not having had a full training session together during the week. Jack Wighton is a much-needed addition and Zac Woolford will start at hooker, as Adam Elliott moves back into his usual role as a loose forward.
The Bunnies have had a much more settled preparation yet do lose Jacob Host with a shoulder problem. Trent Peoples moves into the starting 13.
South Sydney will enter this match as firm favourites off the back of more consistent recent performances and the illnesses that have made the Raiders’ preparations challenging. Matt Frawley will look to continue his impressive form and along with Wighton in the halves, could hold the key to any potential Canberra success.
Souths will need Cody Walker to add the touch of class required to overcome what will be a committed Raiders’ defence and Kodi Nikorima could well play a key role off the bench.
Rabbitohs by 18 points.
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. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Trent Peoples 13. Jai Arrow
14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Davvy Moale 16. Siliva Havili 17. Liam Knight 18. Peter Mamouzelos 19. Isaiah Tass 20. Josh Mansour 21. Shaq Mitchell 22. Dean Hawkins 23. Richard Kennar 24. Hame Sele
Canberra (TBC with players battling illness)
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Matt Frawley 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Harawira-Naera
14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Xavier Savage 17. Corey Horsburgh 18. Adam Elliott 19. Brad Schneider 20. Harry Rushton 21. Adrian Trevilyan 22. James Schiller 23. Emre Guler 24. Trey Mooney