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The Canterbury Bulldogs have won three in a row and dealt the South Sydney Rabbitohs a significant upset, victorious by eight points on Saturday night.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 6
Canterbury Bulldogs 14
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will tackle the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney this Saturday. Can the Bunnies end their losing run, or will it be the improving Bulldogs who strike? Join The Roar from 7:30pm (AEST) to find out.
Souths are in a bit of a low, with two losses in a row. They remain in fourth spot on the ladder, but have Manly and Parramatta breathing down their necks hard.
Despite a great start to the season, the Bunnies have been mixed in recent months. Worryingly, they have won only three games out of their past nine.
They were gutsy against league leaders Melbourne, but ultimately beaten.
This is a game they need to win, and on paper, should do. They have both Sam Burgess and Adam Reynolds back from injury, which is a huge bonus.
Souths won’t win many games without this dynamic duo. Braidon Burns is also back in the centres, with Adam Doueihi continuing at fullback.
But they cannot underestimate the in-form Doggies. They may be sitting second from bottom, with only seven wins this season, but they have turned a corner recently.
Canterbury head into this one with two victories in a row, including a gritty come-from-behind result against Wests Tigers.
There is a real resolve and toughness that is building at Belmore. The squad seems a lot happier and the mid-season recruits have fitted in well.
New recruit Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has helped at fullback and Jack Cogger is growing every week. They remain unchanged after their win over the Tigers.
The Dogs might be in form, but South Sydney have to stand up in this one. Wayne Bennett has not been happy with them in the past few weeks and has criticised them publicly.
Burgess’ return will give them power up front, while Reynolds will give them direction in the halves. Souths have too much class across the park for Canterbury to deal with.
Souths to win by 14 points.
When: 7:35pm (AEST)
Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: Souths $1.32, Draw $25, Dogs $2.60
1. Adam Doueihi 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Sam Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knight 11. Ethan Lowe 12. Jaydn Su’a 13. Cameron Murray 14. Thomas Burgess 15. John Sutton 16. Dean Britt 17. Tevita Tatola 18. Mark Nicholls 19. Corey Allan 20. Bayley Sironen 21. Connor Tracey.
1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Jack Cogger 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Chris Smith 14. Jeremy Marshall-King 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Danny Fualalo 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 19. Morgan Harper 20. Kieran Foran 21. Adam Elliott 22. Ofahiki Ogden.