2018 NRL – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 3rd August, 10:55 (UK)

Where? ANZ Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Sky Sports Action
Australia - Nine Network, 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=RBS2118

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: Brittain, Turner, Britt, Burns

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

  • South Sydney returned to winning ways last week as they came back from a half-time deficit to beat Parramatta. The Eels were 12 points ahead at the break but the Rabbitohs prevented them from crossing the whitewash in the second period as they claimed a 26-20 win.

  • Souths have named the same side as last week as they look to leapfrog the Storm at the top of the NRL ladder.

  • The Rabbitohs have won 10 of their last 11 games with last week’s win ensuring that the Bunnies will be involved in the play-offs.

STORM

Head Coach: Craig Bellamy

Starting 13: Slater, Vunivalu, Chambers, Scott, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Asofa-Solomona, F. Kaufusi, Hoffman, Finucane – Interchanges: Stimson, Glasby, Welch, K. Bromwich – Reserves: Olam, Kamikamica, Vete, Blair

Unavailable: Sam Kasiano

  • Melbourne were impressive as they despatched Canberra with ease. The Storm ran in seven tries as they won 44-10 to retain their place at the top of the NRL ladder.

  • Ryan Hoffman returns to the back row after missing last week with a shoulder injury. That sees Joe Stimson drop to the bench and Cheyse Blair out of the side.

  • The Storm have now won eight consecutive games but now face their toughest task in a bid to improve that superb run.

THE PREDICTION

The undoubted game of Round 21 takes place at ANZ Stadium as second-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs host top of the ladder Melbourne Storm. Both teams have hit form at the right time of the season with the pair fancying their chances of making the Grand Final. Souths have lost just one of their last 11 games whilst the Storm have lost just two in the same period, including winning their last eight matches. Melbourne’s win last week was striking whilst Souths showed some character to overcome a 12-point half-time deficit to claim a win. This game could go either way and should be a tight contest but the Storm can just edge it.