2021 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? Sunday 1st August, 2021 – 09:25 (UK)

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

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

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

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Sloan, Mat. Feagai, Norman, Amone, Beale, Sullivan, B. Hunt, Kerr, McCullough, Faamausili, Burns, Fuimaono, Sims – Interchanges: Clune, J. Hunt, Ford, Ellis – Reserves: Ramsay, Pereira

Unavailable: Cameron McInnes (Injured), Zac Lomax (Isolation), Brayden Wiliame (Injured), Daniel Alvaro (Isolation), Jack Bird (Suspended), Jack de Belin (Suspended), Blake Lawrie (Suspended), Josh McGuire (Suspended)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons were poor in defeat as they went down to Gold Coast Titans last week and their second loss in a row has left their spot in the top eight looking extremely precarious.
  • The Dragons have been unable to deal with disruption caused by having to sit players out due to their breach of COVID-19 protocols and it looks another difficult task once again in this contest with their side containing a raft of changes.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Starting 13: Mitchell, Mansour, Gagai, Milne, Paulo, Walker, Reynolds, Nicholls, Cook, Burgess, Koloamatangi, Su’A, Arrow – Interchanges: Taaffe, Mago, Host, Moale – Reserves: Hawkins, Burns

Unavailable: Brock Gardner (Injured), Tevita Tatola (Injured), Alex Johnston (Injured), Liam Knight (Injured), Benji Marshall (Isolation), Campbell Graham (Injured), Cameron Murray (Suspended)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs extended their winning run to seven matches and they did so in spectacular fashion with a rampant victory over New Zealand Warriors last week in which they amassed 60 points.
  • There are still improvements to make defensively for the Rabbits after they conceded 22 points, making it four games in a row that they have allowed 18 points or more but their attacking prowess continues to be evident having hit at least 32 points in each of their last five.

THE PREDICTION

St. George Illawarra Dragons will once again be under-strength this week and after back-to-back defeats, a third loss in succession could well see them end the round outside of the top eight. They take on the impressive South Sydney Rabbitohs who arrive on the back of seven straight wins and having scored 60 points in their win over New Zealand Warriors last week, the Dragons have it all to do here. They have put in some poor defensive efforts so far this season and with Souths capable of running up a big score, it would not be a surprise to see the Rabbitohs cover the -22 handicap.

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