Souths Back On Track

Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au, Photo: Mark Evans
Isaac Luke has been a big part of Souths success this season. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 4, 2013 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 17 d Canterbury Bulldogs 12 at ANZ Stadium
1st Preliminary Final, 2012 - Canterbury Bulldogs 32 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 at ANZ Stadium
Round 13, 2012 - Canterbury Bulldogs 23 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 at ANZ Stadium
Round 6, 2012 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 d Canterbury Bulldogs 10 at ANZ Stadium
Round 7, 2011 - Canterbury Bulldogs 36 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 19    Rd 20    Rd 21    Rd 22    Rd 23 
Rabbitohs

L

W

L

L

W

Bulldogs

-

W

W

L

W


The Rabbitohs  can stay in the hunt for the minor premiership by beating the fifth placed Bulldogs  in a blockbuster showdown at ANZ Stadium on Friday night. Despite being without England international Sam Burgess last weekend, Souths snapped a two match losing streak by beating Manly at Bluetongue Stadium and will be confident of picking up another two points despite being without several key men. Sam Burgess again misses out through suspension, while Jeff Lima picked a one week ban for twisting the leg of injured Sea Eagle Anthony Watmough and has been replaced by Ben Lowe at lock. Dave Tyrrell, Justin Hunt and Matt King have been added to an extended interchange bench by coach Michael Maguire.

Four points ahead of the eighth placed Titans with just three rounds to play, the Bulldogs are virtually assured of a place in the finals but will want to take momentum into the playoffs. The same 17 man squad that did the job against Canberra last weekend has again been picked to play, although James Graham and Tony Williams have both been named in the starting side with Time Browne and Josh Jackson relegated to the bench.


1st Tryscorer

Nathan Merritt  snapped a five match tryscoring drought when he got across the line against Manly last weekend and will be hoping that four pointer can trigger a run of form similar to the one which he began the season with. He bagged seven tries in four matches at the start of the year, including one against the Dogs when these teams met in round four.

Bulldogs flyer Sam Perrett  has rocketed up the tryscoring charts in recent weeks with eight tries from his past five outings. He crossed three times against Canberra in round 23 and has bagged the first try of the match twice during his golden run.


Prediction

The Rabbitohs had lost five of their past six matches against the Bulldogs prior to the round four meeting between the clubs in round four, which Souths won 17-12. Last week’s victory over the fourth placed Sea Eagles showed that they are back to their best after winning just one of their three previous matches and they should have too much firepower for the Bulldogs. South Sydney Rabbitohs by 12

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