Warriors Try To End Rabbitohs Run

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Nathan Friend has been named to start for the Warriors. Source: Getty Images/couriermail.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 7 2012 – New Zealand Warriors 44 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 20 2011 – New Zealand Warriors 48 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 at ANZ Stadium
Round 11 2011 – New Zealand Warriors 12 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 20 2010 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 38 d New Zealand Warriors 28 at ANZ Stadium
Round 11 2010 – New Zealand Warriors 26 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 at Mt Smart Stadium

Current Form

 

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Fresh from bagging their first win over the season with a 20-18 victory over the Cowboys last weekend, the Warriors  will be confident of ending the Rabbitohs  unbeaten run when the sides meet at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Nathan Friend has been named at hooker after being a late inclusion last week, while Manu Vatuvei returns for the first time since round one after recovering from ankle and knee injuries. Kevin Locke, Dane Nielsen and Ben Henry all failed to finish the match against North Queensland but have been named to play.

Souths remain one of only two clubs still unbeaten in the NRL a month into the season but have still made changes to their lineup for this fixture. Hard working forward Sam Burgess has been moved to lock, while coach Michael Maguire will have to drop three players from the seven man bench that was named on Tuesday. The Rabbitohs haven’t taken to the field with the same starting side that was named earlier in the week since the opening round and there are likely to be more late changes prior to kick-off on Sunday.

1st Tryscorer

The return of prolific tryscorer Manu Vatuvei  is a huge boost for the Warriors, who have scored fewer points than any other team this season. The Rabbitohs wide men aren’t the biggest in the competition and Vatuvei will try and use his size to advantage against them.

Given the impressive form that Greg Inglis  has started the new campaign in, it may come as a surprise that he has bagged just one four pointer in 2013 but it won’t be long until he is back on the scoresheet.

Prediction – As impressive as they have been this season, the Rabbitohs could struggle at Mt Smart Stadium this week, where they have won just two of their past ten matches. New Zealand has won three on the trot against Souths and will put up another bold showing, buoyed by their first win in 12 outings last week and the return to fitness of several key players. New Zealand Warriors 1-12

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