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The red-hot Rabbitohs come into this game chasing their seventh straight win after defeating fellow competition heavyweights the Raiders in Canberra last week 16-12. They will face a Wests Tigers side coming off a cruel defeat at the hands of Melbourne, who scored a try in the 77th minute to win 24-22. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 7:35pm AEST.
The Tigers showed in this game they have what it takes to compete with the top sides, yet at the same time, maybe what they lack is that extra touch of class to finish off big games against top-level opposition. It may be a case of more of the same against truly elite opponents like the Rabbitohs.
Tigers coach Michael McGuire has made one change to his side, with Paul Momirovski coming into the side at centre, with Robert Jennings moving out to the wing and Mahe Fonua dropping out of the side altogether. The Rabbitohs have made no changes to the side that defeated the Raiders last week.
With Origin sides to be named at the conclusion of the round there will be plenty of players wanting to put in a good performance and ensure their names are read out by either Brad Fittler or Kevin Walters.
The Souths halves in particular have been in outstanding form. While it’s expected that Fittler will pick the commentator’s nightmare combination of Keary and Cleary, a big performance from either Walker or Reynolds could catapult either of them into the side, most likely at the expense of Cleary who has been woefully out of form in 2019.
It’d be crazy to tip against the Rabbitohs in this one. It’s very difficult to keep winning in the NRL, and seven games is a huge streak. But the way they’re going at the moment, it’s even more difficult to picture them losing.
There are several interesting individual battles in this game, including Robbie Farah up against his former apprentice Damien Cook, Luke Brooks versus Adam Reynolds and the veteran Benji Marshall up against the magician Cody Walker.
The Tigers are certainly capable of pulling off an upset. As seen above, they have some very capable players in key positions to match up against the Rabbitohs’ playmakers. In their favour is the fact that the Rabbitohs could be quite fatigued after their brutal encounter with the Raiders.
However it’ll be hard for the Tigers to overcome the heartbreaking loss against Melbourne last week, especially against a side as good as Souths. It’ll be close, but it’ll be the Rabbitohs winning in the end.
Rabbitohs by 4
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Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Streaming: NRL Digital Pass, Kayo Sports
TV: Fox League
1. Corey Allen 2. Mawene Hiroti 3. Ethan Lowe 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. Dean Britt 17. Liam Knight Reserves: 18. Jacob Gagan 19. Billy Brittain 20. Bayley Sironen
1. Moses Mbye 2. Robert Jennings 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Esan Marsters 5. Corey Thompson 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Ben Matulino 9. Robbie Farah 10. Alex Twal 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Chris McQueen 13. Matt Eisenhuth Interchange: 14. Jacob Liddle 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Josh Aloiai 17. Michael Chee-Kam Reserves: 18. David Nofoaluma 19. Elijah Taylor 20. Oliver Clark 21. Luke Garner