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23 Mar 2018 by TSZ

2018 NRL – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 24th March, 06:30 (UK)

Where? ANZ Stadium

What channel is it on? UK – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles will not be televised live in the UK

Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK – N/A Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=SOUTHS18

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

RABBITOHS

Head Coach: Anthony Seibold

Starting 13: Johnston, Kennar, Inglis, Gagai, Jennings, Walker, Doueihi, T. Burgess, Cook, S. Burgess, Sutton, Crichton, Murray – Interchanges: Hunt, Nicholls, G. Burgess, Tatola – Reserves: Farah, Burns

Unavailable: Adam Reynolds, Kyle Turner, Zane Musgrove, Jesse Arthars, Campbell Graham, Lucky Ta’avale, Tyrell Fuimaono

  • South Sydney fell to a disappointing defeat at Penrith Panthers last week, despite taking a 0-14 lead into half-time. The Panthers hit back in the second half and scored 18 unanswered points to down the Rabbitohs.
  • Hymel Hunt replaced Tyrell Fuimaono in the only change for Anthony Seibold’s men. Fuimaono has a dislocated toe so will spend some time on the sidelines whilst captain Greg Inglis has been cleared to play despite a head knock last week.
  • The Rabbitohs spent just over six minutes less on the ball last week, racking up 34:32 compared to the Panthers spending 40:33 on the ball. If Souths want to overturn their poor start to the season, they need to start spending more time on the ball than the opposition.

SEA EAGLES

Head Coach: Trent Barrett

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, Taufua, Parker, Kelly, Uate, Croker, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Koroisau, Taupau, Thompson, Sironen, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Hastings, Lane, Perrett, Tanginoa – Reserves: M. Wright, Winterstein

Unavailable: Dylan Walker, Johnathan Wright

  • Manly were superb as they demolished Parramatta 54-0 last week. The Sea Eagles ran in nine tries and never looked back after racing into an 18-0 lead after just 13 minutes.
  • Unsurprisingly, Trent Barrett has named the same side from last week’s win with no late changes expected to the 17.
  • Manly were dominant in all areas last week but their mountain of possession helped them rack up such a big score. They enjoyed 69% of the ball and spent over 20 minutes more on it than their opponents. Manly also completed at 88%, failing to complete just five of their 41 sets.

THE PREDICTION

South Sydney are yet to chalk up their first win of the season having lost their opening two games and now face a side that ran in nine tries last week. Manly were dominant against Parramatta and put them to the sword with a 54-0 win and will have their tails up against a team low on confidence. Souths need to spend more time on the ball in order to find a win but they face a team that controlled the ball superbly last week and their wait for a win may stretch another week.

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