2020 NRL – Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Thursday 10th September, 2020 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? 13c, partly cloudy

What channel is Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs 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 Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? 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 Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

WESTS TIGERS

Starting 13: Mbye, Nofoaluma, J. Leilua, Doueihi, Kepaoa, Marshall, Brooks, Aloiai, Grant, Mikaele, Garner, L. Leilua, Twal – Interchanges: Eisenhuth, Taylor, Liddle, McIntyre – Reserves: Lawrence, Talau

Unavailable: Zane Musgrove (Injured), Michael Chee-Kam (Injured), Billy Walters (Injured)

  • Wests Tigers brought themselves back into contention to make the finals with a superb come-from-behind victory over Manly Sea Eagles last week but they must build on that if they are to have any hope of overhauling Cronulla Sharks in eighth spot.
  • Wests trailed by 14 points with a little over 10 minutes remaining and their season looked to be over but three tries, including a brace from Adam Doueihi playing at centre, turned the game on its head and he held his nerve to slot the winning conversion in the dying stages.
  • Despite the win, the Tigers conceded over 30 points again making it 30 or more points allowed in four of their last five and at least 26 conceded in their last seven so their unchanged side will need to improve that area of their game this week.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

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

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

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs were unable to extend their winning streak as they slipped to their first defeat in six matches in their clash with Melbourne Storm last week but Souths will be extremely frustrated at failing to come out on top of that game.
  • The Rabbitohs looked in control for large spells and led at the break but when the rain came in the second half, Souths seemed to lose their focus and ended up making 15 errors in the contest which handed the Storm the initiative.
  • Although they will be annoyed at the way they lost the game, there is still plenty for Souths to be positive about and their backline will be stronger this week with Dane Gagai back on the wing, although they have lost Tevita Tatola in the pack with Jed Cartwright set to make his debut for the Bunnies.

THE PREDICTION

Wests Tigers have given themselves an unlikely opportunity to finish in the top eight but they must win their three remaining matches if they are to have a realistic chance of competing in the finals. They face a tough task here as they take on a South Sydney Rabbitohs side with just one defeat in their last six matches and that loss could quite easily have been a win too. They failed to build on a promising first half against Melbourne Storm last week and while they are capable of responding here, a high-scoring affair looks like the most likely outcome in this one. Souths have scored an average of 33.5 points per game over their last six which spells trouble for Wests’ leaky defence but the Tigers are also capable with the ball so expect this one to produce at least 44 points.

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