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With State of Origin over for another year, the clubs now start their run into the finals. This game will have some bearing on the makeup of the final eight as the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 3pm (AEST).
The Rabbitohs have been hit hard by State of Origin and injury, winning only one of their last five games. Yet, despite that, they sit in equal second place on the NRL ladder and can get their season well and truly back on track with a win over the Sea Eagles.
It’s a case of revolving doors for the Burgess brothers this week, with Sam Burgess making his return from a shoulder clean out whilst George Burgess is out for an extended period after his brain snap last round.
Elsewhere, Damien Cook, Cameron Murray and Ethan Lowe all make their return, whilst Tevita Tatola replaces George Burgess. Adam Doueihi will start at fullback with Alex Johnston again out with a knee injury.
If there is a dark horse in this year’s premiership, it’s the Sea Eagles. Des Hasler has done wonders with his squad this year and with his Origin players all fit and returning, Manly-Warringah will do some damage before the year is out.
Their strength is in the front row, with Addin Fonua-Blake and Marty Taupau two of the best front rowers in the competition. With the pack going forward, Daly Cherry-Evans has been able to create plenty of opportunities in attack.
Cherry-Evans and the Trbojevic brothers are all expected to play.
I’m smelling an upset here.
Although Souths will improve this week, I think the Manly forwards will get the better of this match up with Burgess playing his first game back and the Rabbits’ 3 Origin representatives backing up only 3 days after a bruising encounter in the forwards.
Sea Eagles by 4 points.
When: 3.00pm AEDT, Saturday afternoon
Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
TV: Fox League
Online: Live Pass, Kayo
Betting: South Sydney Rabbitohs: $1.57; Manly Warringah Sea Eagles: $2.37
South Sydney Rabbitohs
1. Adam Doueihi 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knight 11. John Sutton 12. Sam Burgess 13. Cameron Murray
Interchange: 14. Ethan Lowe 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Dean Britt 17. Kyle Turner
Manly Sea Eagles
1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Dylan Walker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Manase Fainu 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14. Brendan Elliot 15. Corey Waddell 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka