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18 Sep 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 NRL – Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When?
Saturday 22nd September, 10:40 (UK)

Where?
Allianz 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=NRLSFSPF18

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ROOSTERS

Head Coach: Trent Robinson

Starting 13: Tedesco, Tupou, Aubusson, Manu, Ferguson, Keary, Cronk, Waerea-Hargreaves, Friend, Taukeiaho, Cordner, Liu, Radley – Interchanges: Collins, Tetevano, Butcher, Matterson – Reserves: Ikuvalu, O’Sullivan, Momirovski, Tupouniua

Unavailable: Dylan Napa, Latrell Mitchell

  • Sydney Roosters come into this game on the back of a week off having defeated Cronulla in their Qualifying final. The Roosters proved too good as they outscored their opponents four tries to two in a solid 21-12 victory.

  • The Roosters are without boom centre Latrell Mitchell after he copped a one-match ban for a crusher tackle in the win over the Sharks. Mitchell Aubusson takes his place in the centres with Victor Radley promoted to the starting side and Nat Butcher coming onto the bench.

  • Trent Robinson’s side have defended well all season and head into this game having conceded 373 points from their 25 matches, an average of 14.9 points per game which is the best defensive record in the NRL.

RABBITOHS

Head Coach: Anthony Seibold

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

Unavailable: Adam Doueihi

  • South Sydney qualified for the Preliminary final having edged past St George in their semi-final last week. The Rabbitohs found themselves 11-12 down with just three minutes remaining but two Adam Reynolds drop goals under intense pressure snatched the 13-12 win for his side.

  • Souths have named the same 17 from last week’s encounter and are very likely to run out unless there is any late drama in camp.

  • Despite only managing 13 points in a low-scoring contest last week, the Rabbitohs still possess the best attack in the NRL. They have scored 623 points this season, 44 points more than any other side with them managing an average of 24 points per game.

THE PREDICTION

The best defence in the NRL faces the best attack in the NRL as the second spot in the Grand Final will be taken by one of these two bitter rivals. Sydney Roosters host South Sydney Rabbitohs in a blockbuster contest with both teams desperate to get one over their most hated adversaries. Souths looked to be heading out of the competition last week as they trailed with just three minutes left but Adam Reynolds’ trusty right-boot nailed two drop goals to put his side through. The Roosters were hard-fought winners over the Sharks and got to enjoy a week off but lost Latrell Mitchell to suspension and his loss could be huge with Souths likely to target Mitchell Aubusson at centre. The Roosters have defended well all season and not just in terms of how many points they concede. They scramble well and find a way to keep the opposition out which is something they will need to do here against a potent attack. This can go either way but the Roosters can edge a tight contest.

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