Big Guns Back For Souths

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Greg Inglis will return for Souths against Manly. Source: Getty Images/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 7, 2013 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 d Manly Sea Eagles 12 at Brookvale Oval
Round 23, 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 23 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 at Bluetongue Stadium
Round 18, 2011 - Manly Sea Eagles 36 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 at Brookvale Oval
Round 4, 2011 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 d Manly Sea Eagles 30 at Bluetongue Stadium
Round 15, 2010 - Manly Sea Eagles 26 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 25 at Brookvale Oval

Current Form

  Rd 18    Rd 19    Rd 20    Rd 21    Rd 22 
Rabbitohs

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L

W

L

L

Sea Eagles

W

W

W

W

W


The Rabbitohs  have been boosted by the return of key men Greg Inglis and John Sutton for their crucial clash with Manly  on Friday night, but have lost England international Sam Burgess through suspension. Inglis hasn’t featured for Souths round 17 after picking up a knee injury in the State of Origin decider last month but has been named at fullback, while Sutton is available once again to partner Adam Reynolds in the halves. With Sam Burgess rubbed out for two weeks following his infamous ‘squirrel grip’ on Will Chambers, brother Luke replaces him at lock while Jason Clark, Jeff Lima and Justin Hunt have been named on a six man interchange bench.

Anthony Watmough has been ruled out for Manly after hyperextending his knee in the Sea Eagles 27-12 victory over the Warriors last weekend, with Justin Horo coming back into the side after being a late withdrawal with a calf strain at Bluetongue Stadium. Coach Geoff Toovey has his troops peaking at the right time of year, with the win over New Zealand the sixth in succession for Manly, who can move within a point of the top two with a win.


1st Tryscorer

There is no doubting how important Greg Inglis is to Souths but it has never been more apparent than in the past fortnight, when the Rabbitohs have scored just three tries. Inglis has 12 four pointers from 14 outings for the Bunnies in 2013 and Adam Reynolds will look to link up with him again whenever Souths get within range of the tryline.

Brett Stewart may have had an injury interrupted campaign but he is starting to find his best form at the business end of the season. Well known for his tryscoring exploits, the fullback has got across the line four times in as many outings and bagged a double last weekend, including the first four pointer of the match.


Prediction

Manly has won four of the past six meetings between these clubs but went down 20-12 in a bruising encounter at Brookvale Oval earlier this season, with Inglis and Sutton playing starring roles. Souths will be much improved with that duo returning but will have little to no home ground advantage in Gosford, where the Sea Eagles have won 10 of their past 12 fixtures. Manly Sea Eagles by 6

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