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Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

4th July, 2021
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Wests Tigers

22

Match Complete

South Sydney Rabbitohs

38

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4th July, 2021
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Wests Tigers

22

Match Complete

South Sydney Rabbitohs

38

A. Doueihi75
D. Nofoaluma75
72A. Reynolds
71C. Murray
A. Doueihi70
A. Doueihi69
67A. Reynolds
66C. Graham
A. Doueihi61
D. Laurie60
A. Doueihi45
33C. Graham
30A. Reynolds
29A. Johnston
17A. Reynolds
15A. Johnston
9A. Reynolds
8C. Walker
1T. Milne

4
Tries
7
3
Conversions
5
0
Penalty Goals
0
0
Field Goals
0

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The Wests Tigers are back at Leichhardt and playing for pride when they host the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Sunday afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 4:05pm (AEST).

The Tigers have conceded 106 points in their last two games. It is just not up to NRL standard and the challenge doesn’t get any easier as they take on the top-four-bound Rabbitohs. The focus will be on defence and an improvement in attitude going forward, and finding what got them so close to the Rabbitohs the last time they played.

The Rabbitohs have a number of players returning from Origin duty, and now their attention turns to a premiership tilt. They sit in fourth at the moment and have been impressive at times this season, but they are still not regarded in the same echelon as the Storm or Panthers. They need to win this one convincingly to have people start believing they can win the premiership this year.

The Tigers welcome back Adam Doueihi for this one, back at centre for Tommy Talau. In their only other change, Thomas Mikaele is back on the bench for Tom Amone. With no Origin representation this year the Tigers have had a week off after their horror loss to the Melbourne Storm a fortnight ago.

The Rabbitohs have their five Origin stars fit to play. Benji Marshall is back on the bench in jersey 14. Liam Knight comes onto the bench with Tevita Tatola out injured.

These two have already played once this year with a finish as dramatic as you will see. The Tigers looked home when they were up by eight, but a try to Dane Gagai and a two-point field goal to Adam Reynolds sent the game to extra time.

Luke Brooks ran the length of the field for a potential match-winner that would end up coming all the way back down the other end for a Thomas Burgess try that won the game for Souths.

The Rabbitohs have won three of the last five between the two. In six games at Leichhardt the results are split down the middle at three each.

Prediction
I can’t tip the Tigers based on current form. The home-ground advantage is diminished with this one played behind closed doors and while the Tigers may have come close in Round 6, that was a long time ago and Wayne Bennett will have made sure to mention it to his charges during the week.

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Latrell Mitchell has been in devastating form for the Blues, and the Rabbitohs will hope he brings that home. They have strike all over the park, a settled roster and Bennett will have them timing their run.

The issues run deep for the Tigers, and with the big scorelines we have seen lately, and the way teams can seize on momentum, it is going to be a big afternoon for the Bunnies.

Rabbitohs by 30

Game Information

Kick-off: 4:05pm (AEST)
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
TV: Fox League, Nine
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel Go
Odds: Tigers $7.10, Rabbitohs $1.09 (odds via PlayUp)

Teams

Tigers
1. Daine Laurie, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. James Roberts, 4. Adam Doueihi, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Moses Mbye, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. James Tamou, 9. Jacob Liddle, 10. Alex Twal, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Alex Seyfarth

Bench/Reserves: 14. Stefano Utoikamanu, 15. Shawn Blore, 16. Thomas Mikaele, 17. Joe Ofahenguae | 18. Michael Chee Kam

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Rabbitohs 
1. Latrell Mitchell, 2. Alex Johnston, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Campbell Graham, 5. Taane Milne, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Mark Nicholls, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Hame Sele, 11. Keoan Koloamatangi, 12. Jai Arrow, 13. Cameron Murray

Bench/Reserves: 14. Benji Marshall, 15. Liam Knight, 16. Tom Burgess, 17. Jacob Host | 18. Braidon Burns

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