2020 NRL – St. George Illawarra Dragons vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Thursday 30th July, 2020 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for St. George Illawarra Dragons vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? 14c, partly cloudy

What channel is St. George Illawarra Dragons 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 St. George Illawarra Dragons 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 St. George Illawarra Dragons vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Dufty, Pereira, Aitken, Lomax, Ravalawa, Norman, Hunt, Lawrie, McInnes, Vaughan, Frizell, T. Sims, Ford – Interchanges: Fuimaono, Kerr, Host, Sailor – Reserves: Saab, K. Sims

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Disciplinary), Brayden Wiliame (Injured), Adam Clune (Injured), Trent Merrin (Injured)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons were unable to make it three wins in a row as they were edged by Cronulla Sharks in a controversial clash at the weekend and they will be eager to put that loss behind them as they look to remain in the hunt for the top eight.
  • The Dragons were left annoyed following an incorrect decision from the Bunker early in the contest but still had their chances to win in the 28-24 reverse, despite seeing just 44% of the ball which resulted in them making 125 tackles more than the Sharks.
  • The fact they were able to stay in the contest despite those numbers bodes well for the Dragons, although they have been forced into a few changes this week with Adam Clune and Trent Merrin both ruled out through injury while Jason Saab is dropped so Jordan Pereira, Tariq Sims and Tristan Sailor come into the side.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

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

Unavailable: Tom Amone (Injured), Braidon Burns (Injured), James Roberts (Injured), Ethan Lowe (Injured), Hame Sele (Injured)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs threw plenty at Canberra Raiders last week but they lost for the second game in succession as they were unable to find a way to get themselves back on level terms having trailed by six points in the final quarter of the contest.
  • The Rabbitohs were able to make more metres per set than the Raiders with 35.7m compared to 29.5m but they failed to make it count as they managed to post just 12 points, bringing their average for the season down to 19.8 per game.
  • Souths are handed a big boost this week with fullback Latrell Mitchell returning from a two-game ban so Alex Johnston reverts to the win in place of Corey Allan while Liam Knight and Patrick Mago are also back from knocks with Jack Johns and Hame Sele making way.

THE PREDICTION

St. George Illawarra Dragons and South Sydney Rabbitohs both sit outside the top eight coming into this clash and with the pair losing their respective matches last week, it is an important contest for the pair. The Dragons were edged by the Sharks while the Rabbitohs were narrowly defeated by the Raiders with both teams confident they can respond here. The Dragons have improved with the ball in recent matches and have averaged 28.7 points per game across their last three but their attacking structure will come under scrutiny with Ben Hunt reverting to halfback and with Souths also struggling to fire with the ball, it could see this contest produce less than 43 points.

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