Unbeaten Teams Do Battle

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Greg Inglis has been in great form. Source: Getty Images/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Qualifying Final 2012 – Melbourne Storm 24 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 at AAMI Park
Round 2 2012 – Melbourne Storm 24 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 10 at AAMI Park
Round 13 2011 – Melbourne Storm 16 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 at ANZ Stadium
Round 23 2010 – Melbourne Storm 18 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 at AAMI Park
Round 16 2010 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 d Melbourne Storm 14 at Perth Oval

Current Form

 

  Rd 1 

  Rd 2 

  Rd 3 

  Rd 4 

  Rd 5 

Rabbitohs

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W

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Storm

W

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The South Sydney Rabbitohs  and Melbourne Storm  will put their unbeaten records on the line when they go head to head at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night. Both clubs got a fright in round five, with the Rabbitohs scoring a narrow 24-22 win over the Warriors in New Zealand, while the defending Premiers only got ahead of the Tigers in the last 20 minutes at AAMI Park in Monday Night Football.

Star fullback Billy Slater is expected to play despite coach Craig Bellamy suggesting that he is in doubt with a foot injury, but Matt Duffie and Justin O’Neill remain sidelined with jaw and shoulder problems respectively. Sisa Waqa played his first NRL match of the year last week and will continue on the wing, while Lagi Setu could return on the bench after being replaced by Kenny Bromwich against Wests.

After recording their fifth straight win against the Warriors, Michael Maguire has named the same 20 man squad that travelled to New Zealand, with club captain Michael Crocker, Justin Hunt and Jason Clark again expected to miss out. Sam Burgess impressed after being shifted from the front row to lock last week and will continue in the number 13 jersey.

1st Tryscorer

Bryson Goodwin  played predominantly on the wing when he was at the Bulldogs but has been moved closer to the action in the centres this season with good results. He has scored a try in each of his past three matches and will again ask question of the opposition defence.

Fijian winger Sisi Waqa  returned from injury against the Tigers on Monday night and scored a late try to seal the win for his team. He has fond memories playing the Rabbitohs having bagged the clincher in the qualifying final clash between the clubs last season.

Prediction – Souths have made a perfect start to the season but their premiership credentials will give a thorough test here against the best team in the competition. Melbourne has won 13th consecutive matches and twelve of their past 13 against the Rabbitohs and can prove why they are the team to beat in 2013. Melbourne Storm 1-12

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