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27 Jul 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 NRL – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Parramatta Eels Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 28th July, 08:30 (UK)

Where? ANZ Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Sky Sports Arena
Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=RBS2018

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

RABBITOHS

Head Coach: Anthony Seibold

Starting 13: Johnston, Graham, Hunt, Gagai, Jennings, Walker, Reynolds, T. Burgess, Cook, G. Burgess, Sutton, Crichton, S. Burgess – Interchanges: Doueihi, Murray, Clark, Tatola – Reserves: Turner, Burns

Unavailable: Zane Musgrove, Jesse Arthars, Richie Kennar, Greg Inglis

  • South Sydney suffered a shock defeat against Wests Tigers last week. The Rabbitohs never really got going and their under-par performance coupled with a huge effort by the Tigers saw them go down 22-6.

  • Despite the defeat last week, Anthony Seibold has resisted the urge to change his side and will go with the same 17.

  • Souths couldn’t make it 10 wins in a row with last week’s defeat ending their nine-match winning streak, a result that also saw the Rabbitohs drop to third on the ladder.

EELS

Head Coach: Brad Arthur

Starting 13: Gutherson, French, M. Jennings, Takairangi, Hayne, Norman, Moses, Alvaro, Pritchard, Vave, Niukore, Moeroa, Brown – Interchanges: Mahoney, Mannah, Gower, Terepo – Reserves: Evans, Salmon

Unavailable: Tony Williams, Manu Ma’u, Will Smith, Cameron King, George Jennings

  • Parramatta claimed an important win in their quest to avoid the wooden spoon last week. They overcame Canterbury with the Eels drawing level on points with the Bulldogs as a result of the scrappy 14-8 win.

  • George Jennings is out with a groin injury so Brad Takairangi moves to the centre with Jarryd Hayne on the wing. David Gower comes onto the bench whilst Tepai Moeroa starts in the second row.

  • After just one win in nine, last week’s victory was a welcome one for the Eels but they will face a tough ask to win back-to-back games for just the second time this season.

THE PREDICTION

South Sydney lost their first game in 10 matches last week and will be looking to respond immediately against the side propping up the table. Parramatta have been poor all season but claimed a deserved win last week as they attempt to avoid the wooden spoon. They will face a very stern test here as the Rabbitohs need to get back to winning ways immediately to ensure they don’t lose ground on the top two having dropped to third with last week’s defeat. It should be an easy win for the Rabbitohs but the Eels might make things awkward for them.

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