2020 NRL – Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Sunday 5th July, 2020 – 09:30 (UK)

Where is Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

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

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

THE TEAM NEWS

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Starting 13: Watene-Zelezniak, Meaney, R. Smith, Montoya, Crichton, Foran, Wakeham, Tolman, Marshall-King, Napa, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Elliott – Interchanges: Holland, Britt, To’omaga, Sue – Reserves: Ogden, Cogger

Unavailable: Chris Smith (Injured), Joe Stimson (Injured), Lachlan Lewis (Injured), Will Hopoate (Injured), Jake Averillo (Injured)

  • Canterbury Bulldogs suffered a heavy loss at the hands of Wests Tigers last week as the Bulldogs’ poor start to the season continued and their record now stands at 1-6 through seven rounds.
  • The Bulldogs opened the scoring but then allowed 34 unanswered points as they were blown away and they come into this contest with the lowest number of points in the NRL with 76 and their average of 10.9 points per game is nowhere near good enough.
  • Luke Thompson was hoping to make his debut having completed his period of country after arriving in the country but the new recruit will have to wait another week while the Bulldogs will be without the injured Jake Averillo and Will Hopoate in what will be a much-changed backline.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Starting 13: Mitchell, Gagai, Graham, Roberts, Johnston, Walker, Reynolds, Tatola, Cook, Burgess, Su’A, Lowe, Murray – Interchanges: Knight, Sironen, Sele, Burns – Reserves: Mago, Allan

Unavailable: Tom Amone (Injured)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs produced an underwhelming display as they were beaten by Penrith Panthers in their Round 7 match with Souths needing to respond with a much better display this week.
  • As has been the case several times already this season, the Rabbits were their own worst enemies as they completed at 77% thanks to making 12 errors, leaving their average completion rate for the season standing at 75.3% which is the fourth worst in the NRL.
  • Wayne Bennett has handed James Roberts a start in the centres with Braidon Burns reverting to the bench in what is the only change to last week’s defeat as Souths attempt to get back to winning ways and end the round inside the top eight.

THE PREDICTION

South Sydney Rabbitohs look like they will face a real battle to make the finals this season with them starting this campaign in poor form. They have struggled when coming up against the better teams in the league but they have proven too good for the teams towards the bottom of the ladder. Canterbury Bulldogs are one of the latter as they come into this in last spot with their ability to post points a real concern. They have scored fewer points than any side in the NRL so far this season and while Souths have been inconsistent in 2020, the Rabbits should be able to win by at least 10 points.

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