2019 NRL – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Friday 19th April, 07:05

Where is Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? ANZ Stadium

What channel is Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs?
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500010

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

THE TEAM NEWS

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Meaney, Okunbor, Holland, Hopoate, R. Smith, Cogger, Lewis, Tolman, Marshall-King, Ogden, Jackson, Harawira-Naera, Martin – Interchanges: Lichaa, Fualalo, Elliott, C. Smith – Reserves: Crichton, Montoya, Faitala-Mariner, Brown

Unavailable: Renouf To’omaga, Brandon Wakeham, Kieran Foran, Dylan Napa, Sauaso Sue

  • Canterbury were desperately disappointing as they failed to back up an impressive display against Melbourne with St. George thrashing them, and they now face another tough contest against South Sydney.

  • The Bulldogs avoided injuries against the Dragons but despite the poor showing, head coach Dean Pay has resisted the urge to make wholesale changes to his side with him making just one enforced alteration.

  • Sauaso Sue copped a suspension last week so Danny Fualalo is named on the bench but Pay could make some further changes to his side with Raymond Faitala-Mariner included in the reserves and pushing for a recall.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Head Coach: Wayne Bennett

Starting 13: Johnston, Allan, Turner, Gagai, Graham, Walker, Reynolds, G. Burgess, Cook, T. Burgess, Sutton, S. Burgess, Murray – Interchanges: Tatola, Nicholls, Lowe, Knight – Reserves: Tracey, Sironen, Kennedy, Gagan

Unavailable: Dean Britt, Kurt Dillon, Adam Doueihi, Braidon Burns

  • South Sydney scored three unanswered tries in the final quarter to overcome New Zealand Warriors with Cody Walker bagging four to secure the win for the Rabbitohs as they made it four wins from five.

  • Souths have had a rocky week off the field as they have had to deal with the decision by Greg Inglis to retire with immediate effect, the Rabbitohs skipper deciding the time was right to end his playing days.

  • Sam Burgess has been named as the new captain and will lead his side for the first game in his tenure against Canterbury in what is an unchanged 17 from last week’s win over the Warriors.

THE PREDICTION

South Sydney left it late to come back in impressive fashion to beat New Zealand Warriors last week but there could be a cloud over this week's preparation, with Greg Inglis retiring with immediate effect. It has been an emotional week for all concerned at the club but the players will want to channel that in the correct manner. Souths have enjoyed a solid start to the season but the Bulldogs have been poor, with just one win to their name, and their run of one win in five will be extended with Souths winning this one.