2020 NRL – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Brisbane Broncos Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? Friday 7th August, 2020 – 10:55 (UK)

Where is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? ANZ Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Brisbane Broncos? 13c, rain

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

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Starting 13: Mitchell, Johnston, Graham, Gagai, Paulo, Walker, Reynolds, Tatola, Cook, Burgess, Sironen, Johns, Murray – Interchanges: Nicholls, Knight, Mago, Koloamatangi – Reserves: Allan, Dillon

Unavailable: Tom Amone (Injured), Braidon Burns (Injured), James Roberts (Injured), Ethan Lowe (Injured), Hame Sele (Injured), Jaydn Su’A (Suspended)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs produced a brilliant comeback as they fought back from 16-0 down to overcome St. George Illawarra Dragons last week and they will take plenty of confidence from that effort but they will be without head coach Wayne Bennett for this clash after he broke the NRL's bio-security rules.
  • What made it more impressive is that they lost halfback Adam Reynolds in the early stages of the contest with fellow half Dylan Walker producing a magnificent performance in his absence as scored two tries, made two line breaks, four tackle busts and ran for 150 metres to guide his side to the 24-32 victory.
  • The Rabbitohs did initially name an unchanged side for this clash but they have been forced into one in the second row after Jaydn Su’A was handed a suspension by the disciplinary panel with his spot in the 17 taken by Jack Johns.

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Starting 13: Boyd, Kennar, Staggs, Farnworth, Coates, Croft, Dearden, Flegler, Turpin, Haas, Fifita, Pangai Jnr., Carrigan – Interchanges: Luke, Kennedy, Ofahengaue, Te’o – Reserves: Lodge, Arthars

Unavailable: Jack Bird (Injured), Jordan Kahu (Injured), Sean O’Sullivan (Injured), Keenan Palasia (Injured), Alex Glenn (Injured), Corey Oates (Injured), Tesi Niu (Injured), Anthony Milford (Injured)

  • Brisbane Broncos showed some further signs that they are improving but it was not enough as they failed to hold on to a late lead against Cronulla Sharks and allowed three tries in the final 10 minutes which saw them succumb to defeat.
  • The Broncos led 26-18 and looked set for a rare win but they collapsed in another demonstration of their struggling mental state with the 26-36 loss meaning Brisbane have now conceded 373 points so far this season, an average of 31.1 per game.
  • The Broncos’ injury woes are starting to ease with David Fifita set to make a welcome return while Brodie Croft is also back but that is at the expense of Anthony Milford who is disappointingly ruled out with a hamstring issue after he put in a much-improved display last week.

THE PREDICTION

Wayne Bennett goes head-to-head with Anthony Seibold as their grudge match heads into a new chapter but the former will no longer be present at the game after he was stood down following a breach of the NRL's bio-security measures in place because of COVID-19. Bennett's South Sydney outfit will be full of confidence after overturning a 16-point deficit to claim an important win last week but Brisbane showed some good touches with the ball and will hope to build on their efforts from their game with Cronulla Sharks, despite failing to hold on to a late lead. The forecasted rain could have an impact on this contest but both defences look susceptible to conceding points and that should mean this game sees at least 38.

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