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

THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Friday 27th September, 10:50

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, Cotric, Croker, Leilua, Rapana, Wighton, Sezer, Papalii, Hodgson, Soliola, J. Bateman, Whitehead, Tapine – Interchanges: Simonson, Guler, Horsburgh, Lui – Reserves: Williams, Sutton, Havili, Kris

Unavailable: Luke Bateman, Hudson Young

  • Canberra produced a great performance to shock Melbourne to earn a week off and home advantage for this preliminary final with South Sydney with the Raiders coming into this full of confidence.
  • The Raiders will be able to call upon Nick Cotric after he was cleared to play despite copping a facial injury against the Storm and his inclusion means that Ricky Stuart has named the same 17 from that game.
  • Joey Leilua will return to the starting line-up after he had to start from the bench against the Storm due to an incident with a firework before that game whilst Josh Papalii might start from the bench once again despite been named at prop.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Head Coach: Wayne Bennett

Starting 13: Doueihi, Johnston, Graham, Gagai, Allan, Walker, Reynolds, T. Burgess, Cook, Knight, Sutton, S. Burgess, Murray – Interchanges: G. Burgess, Tatola, Lowe, Nicholls – Reserves: Su’A, Britt, Hiroti

Unavailable: Braidon Burns, James Roberts

  • South Sydney had to come from behind late in the game but were able to defeat a stubborn Manly side to advance to Week 3 of the finals and they head to the nation’s capital for a clash with Canberra for the right to play in the Grand Final.
  • Souths will be sweating on the fitness of Alex Johnston, Adam Doueihi and Sam Burgess after the trio suffered head injuries last week but all three look set to play after they came through training during the week.
  • Wayne Bennett had initially named the same 17 that won last week but has been forced into a change with James Roberts out due to a thumb injury which means Campbell Graham will shift inside to the centres and Corey Allan will come into the side on the wing.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra will come into this contest nice and refreshed after their win over Melbourne and will believe they can make the NRL Grand Final for the first time in 25 years. The Rabbitohs had to work hard to overcome Manly last week but that was an energy-sapping game and it could take its toll this late in the season. Canberra have been strong in defence all season and are likely to get in the faces of their opponents and that can see the Raiders come out on top of a low-scoring contest.

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