Storm v Rabbitohs

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Kiwi International Issac Luke is back in action for the Rabbitohs. Image courtesy of: dailytelegraph.com.au

Despite going down in a thriller last week, the Rabbitohs will take plenty of positives into their round two encounter against the Storm .

As interesting as this game shapes to be, plenty of strategy is likely to be implemented off the field with both coaches knowing each other particularly well. Maguire spent five years as Bellamy’s offsider before taking the plunge to head overseas and coach in the English Super League.

The Storm retain the same side that triumphed over the Raiders last week while the Rabbitohs welcome back Kiwi international Issac Luke who is sure to add plenty of spark around the edge of the ruck.

History – Melbourne have completely dominated Souths over the years. Souths have only registered one win in their past ten games against the Storm which was recorded in round 16, 2010. The two clubs met in round thirteen last year with the Storm grinding down their opponents to record a solid 16-6 win on the back of a clinical performance from inspirational skipper Cameron Smith.

Dangermen – Billy Slater arguably the world’s best player was in full flight against the Raiders last week scoring the first and last try of the game. His Queensland origin teammate Greg Inglis made a successful return from injury for the Rabbitohs and is always hard to stop close to the line.

Prediction – The Storm are relentless when it comes to shouting down opposition defence and limiting attacking opportunities. Expect this game to be a real arm wrestle in the first half with the Storm proving to strong in the second. Storm 1-12 . 

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