Tigers Bench Benji

Source: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Sam Burgess has played a bit part in Souths rise to the top. Source: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 21, 2012 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 d Wests Tigers 6 at ANZ Stadium
Round 5, 2012 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 17 d Wests Tigers 16 at Allianz Stadium
Round 10, 2011 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 29 d Wests Tigers 18 at ANZ Stadium
Round 5, 2011 – Wests Tigers 30 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 at Allianz Stadium
Round 22, 2010 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 34 d Wests Tigers 30 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 5    Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8    Rd 9 
Rabbitohs

W

L

W

W

W

Tigers

L

L

L

L

L


Souths  moved to the top of the NRL ladder with a 28-10 win over the Cowboys at ANZ Stadium last Friday night and they will be determined to stay there by beating the struggling Wests Tigers  this week. Andrew Everingham is unavailable having copped a two match ban for a shoulder charge and has been replaced by Justin Hunt on the wing in the only change for Souths, but Tigers boss Mick Potter has made a big change to his side. Benji Marshall has been dumped to the bench following a series of below par performances, with Liam Fulton set to start at five-eight.

The contrast in form between these sides could hardly be greater, with the Rabbitohs having lost just once this season – against defending premier Melbourne in round six – while the Tigers have lost six on the bounce. If their poor recent form doesn’t make it hard enough already, the Tigers also have to defy recent history against Souths. Wests have won just one of their past eight games at ANZ Stadium and just one of their past six against the Bunnies. South Sydney Rabbitohs by 22

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