August 26, 2021 2:17 PM
Ash Wheldon

2021 NRL – Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Friday 27th August, 2021 – 10:55 (UK)

Where is Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Where can I get tickets for Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is Sydney Roosters 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 Sydney Roosters 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

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Starting 13: Tedesco, Tupou, Lam, Manu, Abbey, Hutchison, Walker, Taukeiaho, Verrills, Baker, E. Butcher, Tupouniua, Liu – Interchanges: B. Marschke, Whyte, Thomas, Hau Tapuha – Reserves: Graham-Taufa, Suluka-Fifita

Unavailable: Luke Keary (Injured), Lindsay Collins (Injured), Joseph Suaalii (Injured), Matt Ikuvalu (Injured), Billy Smith (Injured), Josh Morris (Injured), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Injured), Angus Crichton (Suspended), Victor Radley (Suspended), Adam Keighran (Injured), Dale Copley (Injured), Nat Butcher (Injured)

  • Sydney Roosters maintained their spot in the top four with a second win in succession but they have it all to do here to earn a third victory in a row as they come up against rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs.
  • Having struggled with injuries all season, the Roosters have done well to put themselves in a position to finish in the top four but their issues have worsened and they will now aim to avoid a third consecutive loss against the Bunnies with a makeshift side which seems Lachlam Lam line-up at centre.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Starting 13: Mitchell, Johnston, Gagai, Graham, Paulo, Walker, Reynolds, Nicholls, Cook, Burgess, Su’A, Arrow, Murray – Interchanges: Marshall, Host, Tatola, Sele – Reserves: Knight, Taaffe

Unavailable: Brock Gardner (Injured), Josh Mansour (Injured), Keaon Koloamatangi (Suspended)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs’ ten-match winning streak was ended as they suffered a controversial loss to Penrith Panthers last week in which they were on the end of an 11-2 penalty count.
  • That made it difficult for the Bunnies to build pressure on the Panthers who were constantly handed good field position and while Wayne Bennett’s side had taken a narrow lead into the break, the pressure eventually told and they could not work their way back into the contest.

THE PREDICTION

Sydney Roosters have done remarkably well to be in the top four with just two rounds to play but that position could come under threat with a loss to bitter rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Tricolours will field a side here that is nowhere near their strongest as injuries continue to decimate them in the backs and their edges could be exploited in this contest. They have struggled in their last two meetings against the Rabbitohs and their opponents will be keen to put them to the sword once again here. They lost for the first time in 11 matches last week but they should be able to make an immediate return to winning ways by claiming the win by 13+ points in this one.

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