2018 NRL – Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 21st 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=TIG1918

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

TIGERS

Head Coach: Ivan Cleary

Starting 13: Mbye, Nofoaluma, Marsters, Naiqama, Thompson, Marshall, Brooks, Packer, Farah, Matulino, Chee Kam, Aloiai, Taylor – Interchanges: Twal, Sue, Garner, Eisenhuth – Reserves: Rochow, Watene-Zelezniak

Unavailable: Mahe Fonua, Josh Reynolds, Chris Lawrence

  • Wests Tigers became the first team to beat St George at home this season as they shocked the Dragons last week. Guided around the pitch superbly by Robbie Farah, he rolled back the years with a great display as his side came out 16-20 winners.

  • The Tigers are forced into one change from last week’s win with Chris Lawrence out with a hamstring injury. He is replaced by Michael Chee Kam in the second row whilst Alex Twal takes his place on the bench.

  • Wests snapped their four-game losing streak with last week’s surprising win but face an even tougher task here against the league leaders as they look to avoid losing their fifth game from six.

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: Burns, Nicholls

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

  • South Sydney brushed aside Canterbury last week to keep their winning run going. The Rabbitohs controlled the game and kept the Bulldogs at bay with them coming out comfortable 6-24 winners.

  • Souths make just one change from last week with Jason Clark back from a ban, taking the place of Mark Nicholls on the bench. John Sutton will become the first Rabbitoh to play 300 NRL games when he takes the field this week.

  • The Rabbitohs won their ninth straight game last week and have now established a two-point lead at the top of the NRL ladder.

THE PREDICTION

After his great display last week, Robbie Farah will have a point to prove against his former employers as his Wests Tigers side take on league leaders South Sydney. The Rabbitohs have been superb so far this season and are now on a nine-game winning run that has seen them top the NRL ladder. They have a two-point advantage over the Storm and will be looking to make it 10 on the spin with another win here. They face a Tigers side that snapped a four-game losing run last week with an impressive win over the Dragons. They will need to replicate that same level of performance again this week but even then it might not be enough with the Rabbitohs expected to have too much.