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

THE FACTS

When is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs taking place? Saturday 17th August, 10:35

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

What channel is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on?
UK – Sky Sports Arena
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs?
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 South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs?
South Sydney Rabbitohs – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500005

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500010

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Head Coach: Wayne Bennett

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

Unavailable: Kurt Dillon, Alex Johnston, George Burgess, Kyle Turner

  • South Sydney suffered defeat in their top 4 clash with Melbourne last week and will be keen to get back to winning ways here but will come up against a side playing with plenty of freedom with Canterbury having won their last two with gutsy displays.
  • The Rabbitohs are set to be boosted by the return of Sam Burgess from a quad injury whilst centre Braidon Burns is also back and will slot straight back in to the run-on side whilst Burgess starts at prop.
  • Kyle Turner drops out through injury whilst Jaydn Su’A has earned a recall and will start in the second row alongside Ethan Lowe which means Dean Britt dropping to the bench and there is also no place for Corey Allan and Mark Nicholls.

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Watene-Zelezniak, Meaney, Holland, Hopoate, R. Smith, Cogger, Lewis, Tolman, Lichaa, Napa, Jackson, Harawira-Naera, C. Smith – Interchanges: Marshall-King, Toomaga, Fualalo, Faitala-Mariner – Reserves: Harper, Foran, Elliott, Ogden

Unavailable: Sauaso Sue, Marcelo Montoya

  • Canterbury made it back-to-back victories as they just about managed to hold off Wests Tigers in a close contest last week but they needed the Tigers to miss a last-gasp conversion to ensure they did not send the game to golden point.
  • The Bulldogs have named the same 17 as last week but Kieran Foran has been listed amongst the reserves and could be a late inclusion which would be a shame for the young Canterbury halves who have performed well over the last few games.
  • Head coach Dean Pay may opt to keep them together and go with Foran from the bench if he is fit whilst Adam Elliott could also be a late inclusion after he too looks to have won his injury battle.

THE PREDICTION

South Sydney showed some good signs in their loss to Melbourne last week and are likely to be right in the mix come the finals. They face a tricky test here against a Canterbury side that have won their last two but with the Rabbitohs boosted by the return of Sam Burgess, they can come out on top. The Bulldogs have been good to watch over the last month or so and will push the Rabbitohs close here but Souths should have enough to earn the win to end the round in the top 4.

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