Battle Of The Best In The West

Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Adam Reynolds has led Souths around the park with distinction in 2013. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 5, 2013 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 d NZ Warriors 22 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 7, 2012 – NZ Warriors 44 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 20, 2011 – NZ Warriors 48 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 at ANZ Stadium
Round 11, 2011 – NZ Warriors 12 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 20, 2010 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 38 d NZ Warriors 28 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 12    Rd 13    Rd 14    Rd 15    Rd 16 
Rabbitohs

W

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W

W

W

Warriors

W

W

W

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W


Chris McQueen, George Burgess and Andrew Everingham have all been recalled to the Rabbitohs  squad for their match against the Warriors  in Perth on Sunday, with the club looking for its ninth win in ten matches against the competition’s in-form team. Since losing eight of its opening ten matches, the Warriors have won five in a row, a run that has only been bettered by the Storm in 2013.

While McQueen and Everingham have both been named to return in the run on side after being late withdrawals from Souths team that beat Canberra 32-2, George Burgess is yet assured of his place in the match day squad after only being named on a seven man interchange bench alongside twin brother Thomas.

The Warriors are also taking an extended squad to Western Australia with Russell Packer, Ngani Laumape and Charlie Gubb added to the 17 that held on for an 18-16 victory over the Broncos at Mt Smart Stadium in round 16. Manu Vatuvei has been named to start on the wing despite being forced off with a leg injury after 52 minutes against Brisbane last weekend.


1st Tryscorer

Nathan Merritt  had an absolute shocker for New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium last Wednesday but normal service was resumed when he returned to club duty for Souths against Canberra. He has been prolific for the Rabbitohs again this season with 12 four pointers from just 14 appearances in the top grade.

Manu Vatuvei  is a freak. The giant winger has bagged ten tries from 11 matches during the current campaign and has been the first tryscorer in the match five times from his past eight outings. While Nathan Merritt is hard to stop when he has the ball, he will have little chance of bringing ‘The Beast’ down if he runs at him with a full head of steam.

Prediction

You would have given New Zealand no chance of winning this match a month ago but with wins over the Roosters and Sea Eagles in the past three weeks, they have shown that they can match it with the best teams in the competition. They have also proven that they can win away from home with victories at Suncorp Stadium and Allianz Stadium in June, although they are yet to win from four attempts in Perth. Souths are in a league of their own at the moment however and represent another step up for the Warriors. South Sydney Rabbitohs by 8

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