Will Things Go South Without Inglis?

Source: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Sam is one of three Burgess boys in the squad to face the Dragons. Source: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 20, 2012 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 36 d St George Illawarra Dragons 14 at ANZ Stadium
Round 11, 2012 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 19 d St George Illawarra Dragons 18 at WIN Jubilee Oval
Round 21, 2011 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 34 d St George Illawarra Dragons 24 at WIN Stadium
Round 6, 2011 – St George Illawarra Dragons 16 d Souths Sydney Rabbitohs 0 at ANZ Stadium
Round 26, 2010 - St George Illawarra Dragons 38 d Souths Sydney Rabbitohs 24 at WIN Jubilee Oval

Current Form

  Rd 14    Rd 15    Rd 16    Rd 17    Rd 18 
Rabbitohs

W

W

W

W

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Dragons

L

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L

L

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Greg Inglis will miss Souths  match against the Dragons  on Monday night, after picking up a knee injury in the Maroons 12-10 triumph in the Origin decider that is expected to see him sidelined for at least a month. His withdrawal means that Nathan Merritt will move to fullback with Justin Hunt to slot in on the right flank, but Chris McQueen and Ben Te’o will both line up after celebrating Queensland’s eighth straight State of Origin success on Wednesday night. Tom Burgess and Luke Keary have been added to the squad that registered a fifth straight win by beating the Warriors 30-13 two weeks ago.

The Dragons Origin trio of Josh Dugan, Brett Morris and Trent Merrin will all take the field for the ‘Red V’ at ANZ Stadium, with the former returning to the side after being suspended for the club’s 36-0 defeat to the Roosters a fortnight ago. Adam Quinlan will partner Nathan Fien in the halves, with Chase Stanley returning to the centres, while Matt Cooper and Bronson Harrison have been named to return from injury.

1st Tryscorer

Teenage centre Dylan Walker  is quickly making a name for himself in the big league, having scored five tries from seven matches since making his debut against the Tigers in round 10. His form has been so strong of late that the absences of Matt King and Beau Champion have barely been felt.

Josh Dugan  was outstanding for New South Wales in State of Origin game three last week and will be looking to take that form back to his club side. He has run already bagged four tries for the Dragons since joining the club prior to round 10 and is relishing the extra responsibility that has been thrust upon him.

Prediction

Souths could hardly have been more impressive this season, winning 14 of their 16 matches including nine of their past ten. Taking Greg Inglis out of any team obviously weakens it, but the Rabbitohs have more than enough depth to cover his absence, especially against a team languishing just one place off the bottom of the ladder. South Sydney Rabbitohs by 14

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