2018 NRL – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 14th July, 06:00 (UK)

Where? ANZ Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs 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-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=DGS1818

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Hopoate, B. Morris, J. Morris, Holland, Smith, Lewis, Marshall-King, Tolman, Lichaa, Klemmer, Jackson, Martin, Elliott – Interchanges: Brown, Priest, Ogden, Fualalo – Reserves: Tualau, Olive

Unavailable: Kieran Foran, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Marcelo Montoya, Greg Eastwood

  • Canterbury were impressive for 74 minutes last week until a late capitulation allowed Canberra to overturn a 14-point deficit in the final six minutes of the game. It would have been just the fifth win of the season for the Bulldogs but it wasn’t to be as they went down 28-32.

  • David Klemmer is back in the side after Origin with Danny Fualalo dropping to the bench whilst Greg Eastwood is out with a calf injury. Marcelo Montoya has been ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury.

  • The Bulldogs have a 2-5 record from their listed home games so far this season whilst they have won two of six matches at ANZ Stadium.

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, Nicholls, Tatola – Reserves: Burns, Britt, Brittain

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

  • South Sydney climbed to the top of the NRL ladder during the bye week after St George’s loss to Melbourne. This was after the Rabbitohs had found another way to win after a close contest with North Queensland as Adam Reynolds’ 78th minute drop goal sealed a 21-20 win.

  • Souths are without captain Greg Inglis with a broken thumb. He is replaced in the centres by Hymel Hunt. Jason Clark is also unavailable through suspension so Mark Nicholls comes onto the bench in his place.

  • The Rabbitohs have now won eight consecutive games which has seen them claim top spot in the NRL. Souths’ winning run stretches all the way back to April.

THE PREDICTION

The Bulldogs came agonisingly close to winning last week but that late defeat might have psychologically scarred this inexperienced side which isn’t the best preparation for facing the team at the top of the ladder. South Sydney have won eight games in a row and will be relishing this contest. Having made it to the top of the ladder, the Rabbitohs won’t want to relinquish their position and will see this game as an ideal one to come into on the back of their bye week. The Bulldogs have just one win from their last six and that is likely to be one from seven as Souths extend their winning run to nine.