Friday Night Football

The Broncos and Rabbitohs travel to Perth in round 4 of the NRL. Image courtesy of: Theaustralian.com.au
The Broncos and Rabbitohs travel to Perth in round 4 of the NRL. Image courtesy of: theaustralian.com.au
Souths v Brisbane

South Sydney will be looking for back-to-back wins after registering their first win of the season over Penrith last week. The Rabbitohs meet an exuberant Brisbane Broncos outfit also coming off a convincing away from home win against Newcastle.

David Talyor has announced he will depart the Rabbitohs in 2012 and return home to Queensland. The Bunnies could only dream of him putting on a performance like he did last week, crossing the line twice and tormenting the Panthers defence. Anthony Griffin has named and unchanged Broncos lineup heading into the game.

History – The Broncos boast a strong record against the Rabbitohs winning six of their last nine games against the Redfern based outfit, however the Bunnies have rose to the task in recent years beating Brisbane two times out of their past four encounters. The Bunnies held on to record a 16-12 victory in the corresponding came last season played in atrocious Perth weather.

Dangermen – Rabbitohs’ coach Michael Maguire has declared Greg Inglis’  best position as fullback and is happy to keep the livewire there to ensure he gets his hands on the footy as much as possible. Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman  is yet to open his account for 2012, yet has proved his worth time and time again this season.

Prediction – In what was once a lopsided showdown, expect this game to go to the wire after the Rabbitohs proved their attacking abilities last week. The Broncos however are ruthless in defence and should shut them down in the middle of the park. Brisbane 1-12 .

Parramatta v Penrith

It’s a battle of the west in Friday night’s other game when disappointing Parramatta take on inconsistent Penrith . The Eels are the only side not to register a win so far this season and are desperate to show their fans they are still a chance of securing a top eight spot .

History – You can’t split these two teams in recent years with both sides winning five out of the last ten matches each between the clubs. Penrith have won the last two games, the most recent in round 19 last year ending 23-22 after a Luke Walsh field goal sailed over in golden point.

Dangermen – Panthers strike weapon Michael Jennings  has been in great form this season and will continue to press his claims for NSW origin selection. Rookie Eels winger Ken Sio  looks a good prospect and is sure to get plenty of kicks his way from Roberts and Sandow.

Prediction – Parrammata should rise up from their embarrassing start to the season and record a narrow 1-12 victory . 

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