Rabbitohs Set To Keep Bouncing Along

Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Adam Reynolds will continue to press his claims for a Blues jersey. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 8 2012 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 d North Queensland Cowboys 16 at ANZ Stadium
Round 24 2011 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 26 d North Queensland Cowboys 24 at ANZ Stadium
Round 13 2010 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 d North Queensland Cowboys 4 at ANZ Stadium
Round 13 2009 – North Queensland Cowboys 46 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 at Townsville
Round 16 2008 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 29 d North Queensland Cowboys 28 at Townsville

Current Form

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Rabbitohs

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L

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Cowboys

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W

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Unsurprisingly, Souths  coach Michael Maguire has named an unchanged squad for this week’s clash with the Cowboys , meaning that club captain Michael Croker remains on the sidelines having last featured in round three against the Panthers. A host of players including John Sutton, Adam Reynolds and Nathan Merritt will continue to press their claims for State of Origin selection here, while Beau Champion and Roy Asotasi play their 100th and 200th NRL games respectively.

North Queensland prop Matt Scott will be playing his 150th first grade match for the Cowboys when he runs out as part of an unchanged starting thirteen at ANZ Stadium. English hooker Scott Moore and front rower Scott Bolton have been added to an extended six man bench for the visitors, who have got their season back on track with three wins from their past four matches.

1st Tryscorer

Greg Inglis  was recently voted the best player in the world, and it is hard to argue with that given the form he has shown in the first eight weeks of the NRL season. He has scored a try in each of his past four outings and was the Rabbitohs first player across the line in two of their past three.

Antonio Winterstein  has averaged a try every three games in his 42 match NRL career but has improved on that ratio considerably this season, where he has collected four tries from just seven appearances.

Prediction

Souths continued its flying start to the season with a 26-12 victory over the Broncos in round eight to record their seventh win of the season and they are showing no signs of slowing down. They have won seven of the past eight meetings between these clubs and playing better footy now than they have at any other stage during that time. Although the Cowboys collected two points at Parramatta Stadium last weekend, they have lost ten of their past 12 matches in Sydney and aren’t likely to improve on that record. South Sydney Rabbitohs 13+

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