2020 NRL – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Friday 4th September, 2020 – 10:55 (UK)

Where is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm taking place? ANZ Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm? 18c, rain

What channel is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Starting 13: Johnston, Allan, Graham, Marsters, Paulo, Walker, Reynolds, Tatola, Cook, Burgess, Su’A, Sironen, Murray – Interchanges: Nicholls, Knight, Mago, Koloamatangi – Reserves: Cartwright, Dargan

Unavailable: Tom Amone (Injured), Braidon Burns (Injured), James Roberts (Injured), Ethan Lowe (Injured), Hame Sele (Injured), Jack Johns (Injured), Dane Gagai (Injured), Latrell Mitchell (Injured)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs produced a stunning display as they blew Parramatta Eels away to strengthen their chances of finishing in the top four and the Rabbits will hope to carry their recent upturn of form into this huge clash with Melbourne Storm.
  • The Rabbitohs made it five wins in a row as they backed up their superb display against Manly Sea Eagles with another big success as they kept the Eels scoreless in the 0-38 demolition that certainly made the rest of the NRL sit up and pay attention to them.
  • Despite the statement victory, Souths suffered a huge injury blow with in-form fullback Latrell Mitchell copping a season-ending hamstring injury so Alex Johnston takes his spot at the back after he overcame a head knock.

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Lumelume, Lee, Olam, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Welch, Kaufusi, Lewis, Faasuamaleaui – Interchanges: Hynes, Jacks, Vete, Schonig – Reserves: Pene, K. Bromwich

Unavailable: Tui Kamikamica (Injured), Max King (Injured), Paul Momirovski (Injured), Ricky Leutele (Match Fitness), Suliasi Vunivalu (Injured), Dale Finucane (Injured), Brandon Smith (Injured), Tom Eisenhuth (Injured), Marion Seve (Injured), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Injured)

  • Melbourne Storm provided a strong response to their loss against Parramatta Eels as their big guns handed them the platform to claim a comfortable victory over Manly Sea Eagles last week to retain their grip on second spot.
  • The Storm looked much better with the ball as they welcomed back Cameron Smith, Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes in the 30-6 success and they will almost certainly secure their place in the top four with another win here.
  • Melbourne have suffered further injury woe this week with Nelson Asofa-Solomona sidelined with a calf strain while Marion Seve is out for the season after he ruptured his ACL last week so Ryley Jacks comes onto the bench and Brenko Lee slots into the centre.

THE PREDICTION

South Sydney Rabbitohs have picked up their form superbly well of late and look to be timing their run to the finals to perfection. They now have a chance of finishing in the top four but it is likely they will need to win this clash with Melbourne Storm to stand any chance. The Storm can all but seal their spot in the top four and strengthen their hold on second with a win in this one and with Latrell Mitchell missing for the Rabbits, Melbourne can take advantage to seal the important two points to make it nine wins from their last 10 matches and four successive wins over South Sydney.

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