2019 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Saturday 18th May, 10:35

Where is Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? GIO Stadium

What channel is Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs on?
UK – Sky Sports Arena
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs?
UK – Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs?
Canberra Raiders – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500013

South Sydney Rabbitohs – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500005

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Head Coach: Ricky Stuart

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Simonsson, Croker, Cotric, Oldfield, Wighton, Williams, Papalii, Hodgson, Lui, Young, Whitehead, Sutton – Interchanges: Havili, Kris, Soliola, Horsburgh – Reserves: Sezer, Guler, Hunt, Murchie

Unavailable: Joe Tapine, John Bateman, Joey Leilua, Jordan Rapana

  • Canberra produced a late fightback against Sydney Roosters but fell just short in their quest for the win as they lost by six points with the Raiders leaving themselves with too much to do against the league leaders.

  • Canberra's Jordan Rapana endured more bad luck last week as he went down with another injury but it wasn’t the ACL injury that the Raiders had feared with the winger suffering a PCL strain.

  • Bailey Simonsson comes into the side in Rapana’s place whilst Nick Cotric shifts inside to the centres with Michael Oldfield moving to the wing and Sebastian Kris will take Simonsson’s place on the bench.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Head Coach: Wayne Bennett

Starting 13: Allan, Hiroti, Turner, Gagai, Graham, Walker, Reynolds, G. Burgess, Cook, T. Burgess, Sutton, S. Burgess, Murray – Interchanges: Tatola, Nicholls, Lowe, Knight – Reserves: Britt, Sironen, Britt, Amone

Unavailable: Kurt Dillon, Adam Doueihi, Braidon Burns, Alex Johnston

  • South Sydney were too good for North Queensland as Cody Walker scored again to continue his sensational try-scoring form and maintain the Rabbitohs’ impressive run of form that has seen them win eight of their nine NRL games so far this season.

  • John Sutton and Kyle Turner were doubts earlier in the week for the Rabbitohs after they copped rib and head knocks respectively against the Cowboys but both seem to have recovered sufficiently.

  • Alex Johnston has undergone knee surgery and will be missing for around a month so Corey Allan shifts to fullback with Mawene Hiroti coming onto the wing whilst for the sixth week running, George Burgess will likely swap places with Junior Tatola before kick-off.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra pushed Sydney Roosters close last week and face another tough task as they host South Sydney. The Rabbitohs have lost just once all season but will know they have a game on their hands against a tricky Raiders side with this a difficult game to call. The loss of Alex Johnston poses a problem for Souths having had minimal disruption to their 17 all year but the Raiders still have several key players missing and that could prove to be the difference with the Rabbitohs able to edge this one.