Tigers Set To Be Tamed By Rabbitohs

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Tigers skipper Robbie Farah returns from injury this weekend. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 10, 2013 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 54 d Wests Tigers 10 at ANZ Stadium
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

Current Form

  Rd 20    Rd 21    Rd 22    Rd 23    Rd 24 
Tigers

L

L

L

L

W

Rabbitohs

W

L

L

W

W


Inspirational skipper Robbie Farah returns for the Tigers  match against the Rabbitohs  on Friday night but even he is unlikely to be able to prevent the Rabbitohs juggernaut from rolling on into September. Wests snapped a six game winning streak with their 34-18 success over the Dragons but the catalyst for that success – 18 year-old halfback Luke Brooks – will be missing again this weekend with Benji Marshall set to be reacquainted in the halves with Braith Anasta. Bodene Thompson has been named to start at centre while Shaun Spence and Matt Bell return on the bench.

Despite speculation that he may be rested against the lowly Tigers fullback Greg Inglis has been named for Souths, who welcome Sam Burgess back following the completion of his two week ban for contrary conduct. Jeff Lima returns from suspension as part of a six-man interchange bench, with Jason Clark and Matt King 18th and 19th man respectively.


1st Tryscorer

There has been little for Tigers fans to get excited about in 2013 but one positive from an otherwise disappointing season has been the emergence of talented centre Tim Simona . He has wreaked havoc for Wests in attack and his double against the Dragons last weekend took his tally to nine tries from as many matches since round 15.

Souths has unearthed its own potential superstar in the backline this season, with 18 year-old Dylan Walker  bursting onto the scene and making his presence felt in the NRL. He has got across the line seven times in eight appearances for the club this season.


Prediction

The Rabbitohs have won six of the past seven meetings between the clubs including the last four and have flexed their premiership muscles with strong wins over the Sea Eagles and Bulldogs in the past fortnight. Souths belted the Tigers 54-10 when the clubs met in round ten and there is little to suggest that it won’t be another long night for Mick Potter’s men when they renew rivalries this time around. South Sydney Rabbitohs by 34

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