2020 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Saturday 25th July, 2020 – 10:35 (UK)

Where is Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? GIO Stadium, Canberra

What is the expected weather for Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? 8c, showers

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

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Cotric, Croker, Rapana, Valemei, Wighton, G. Williams, Papalii, Havili, Lui, Young, Whitehead, O’Donnell – Interchanges: Starling, Tapine, Sutton, Smith-Shields – Reserves: S. Williams, Medlyn, Frawley, Bateman

Unavailable: Sebastian Kris (Illness), Corey Horsburgh (Injured), Sia Soliola (Injured), Emre Guler (Injured), Josh Hodgson (Injured), Bailey Simonsson (Injured), Curtis Scott (Injured), Michael Oldfield (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders put their long injury list behind them as they were able to earn a brilliant victory over Sydney Roosters in their Grand Final rematch last week and they will hope to build on that in what is an important contest with South Sydney Rabbitohs.
  • The Raiders were written off by many and despite trailing by six points at the break, an impressive second half showing saw them edge the victory by four points with their superior ball retention aiding their cause.
  • They saw 55% of the ball thanks to an 85% completion rate and it is little surprise that they have stuck with the same 17 as last week other than one enforced change with Michael Oldfield out through injury so Harley Smith-Shields will make his debut while John Bateman will hope to earn a late call-up from the reserves.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Starting 13: Johnston, Allan, Graham, Gagai, Paulo, Walker, Reynolds, Tatola, Cook, Burgess, Su’A, Sironen, Murray – Interchanges: Nicholls, Sele, Mago, Johns – Reserves: Dillon, Kolomatangi, Dargan, Marsters

Unavailable: Tom Amone (Injured), Braidon Burns (Injured), Liam Knight (Injured), Latrell Mitchell (Suspended), James Roberts (Injured), Ethan Lowe (Injured)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs almost pulled off a sensational comeback against Newcastle Knights last week but they ultimately left it too late as they slipped to 5-5 and their spot in the top eight looks far from secure based on the vast majority of their performance in that game.
  • The Rabbits trailed 0-20 with just 15 minutes remaining and despite three quick-fire tries giving them a real shot at turning the game on its head, they were unable to find what would have been the winning points in the closing stages.
  • Their display in the opening 65 minutes of the game will concern head coach Wayne Bennett but the Rabbitohs have something to work on this week owing to the way they finished the contest, although Ethan Lowe and James Roberts are out through injury with Campbell Graham and debutant Jack Johns coming into the side.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra Raiders and South Sydney Rabbitohs go head-to-head in what could turn out to be an important clash between the two teams. They will both be eager to come out on top as they bid to further cement their spots in the top eight in their first game of the second half of the season with just two points separating the teams at this point. The Raiders put their injury woes behind them last week with a hugely important and impressive win over Sydney Roosters and although they can make it back-to-back wins, the smart play could be on a low-scoring game with the last three matches between the two teams seeing no more than 38 points and that is likely to be the case again in this one.

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