September 01, 2021 2:10 PM
Ash Wheldon

2021 NRL – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs St. George Illawarra Dragons Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs St. George Illawarra Dragons taking place? Saturday 4th September, 2021 – 10:35 (UK)

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

Where can I get tickets for South Sydney Rabbitohs vs St. George Illawarra Dragons? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs St. George Illawarra Dragons 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 St. George Illawarra Dragons? 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

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Starting 13: Taaffe, Milne, Burns, Graham, Paulo, Marshall, Ilias, Tatola, Mamouzelos, Mago, Su’A, Host, Nicholls – Interchanges: Hawkins, Moga, Cartwright, Moale – Reserves: Arrow, Murray, Johnston, Walker

Unavailable: Brock Gardner (Injured), Josh Mansour (Injured), Keaon Koloamatangi (Suspended), Liam Knight (Suspended), Adam Reynolds (Injured), Latrell Mitchell (Suspended)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs continued their recent dominance over bitter rivals Sydney Roosters by crushing them last week but that success came at a huge cost with the loss of Latrell Mitchell for the remainder of the campaign.
  • The Rabbitohs made an immediate return to winning ways having lost to Penrith Panthers in their previous outing and have now won 11 of their last 12 matches but that run could be in doubt here after head coach Wayne Bennett opted to rest his key men for this contest.

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Sloan, Mat. Feagai, Bird, Beale, Ravalawa, Amone, Norman, Lawrie, Sullivan, McGuire, Burns, Sims, de Belin – Interchanges: Lussick, Fuimaono, Alvaro, Faamausili – Reserves: Ford, Clune, Ramsey, Ellis

Unavailable: Cameron McInnes (Injured), Ben Hunt (Injured), Cody Ramsey (Injured), Andrew McCullough (Injured)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons’ season looks set to end in disarray after blowing their hopes of making the top eight with a seventh successive defeat, the latest coming against a North Queensland Cowboys outfit that had lost their previous ten games.
  • The Dragons have blown what was a superb start to the campaign with their lack of consistency a real issue but their recent form has been alarming with their inability to win seeing them slide down the ladder.

THE PREDICTION

South Sydney Rabbitohs will hope the loss of Latrell Mitchell does not come back to haunt them after the star fullback was banned for the rest of the season following his poor challenge on Sydney Roosters’ Joey Manu last week. That was a controversial moment in an otherwise enjoyable outing in which they posted 54 points against their bitter rivals. They will head into the finals on the back of this clash with St. George Illawarra Dragons in which they will look to win for the 12th time in 13 matches but they have named an under-strength side for this clash. However, the Dragons have lost seven in a row and their lack of confidence could prevent them from coming out on top here with the Rabbits able to come out on top to make it seven successive victories over their opponents.

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