Rabbitohs Out To Weather Storm

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George Burgess has been a revelation for Souths this season. Source: Getty Images/theaustralian.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 22, 2013 – Melbourne Storm 26 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 at AAMI Park
Round 6, 2013 – Melbourne Storm 17 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 10 at ANZ Stadium
2nd Qualifying Final, 2012 – Melbourne Storm 24 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 at AAMI Park
Round 2, 2012 – Melbourne Strom 24 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 10 at AAMI Park
Round 13, 2011 - Melbourne Storm 16 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 22    Rd 23    Rd 24    Rd 25    Rd 26 
Rabbitohs

L

W

W

W

L

Storm

W

W

W

L

W


The Rabbitohs  will be looking to put a dismal record against the Storm  behind them when they meet the defending premier at ANZ Stadium on Friday night. Michael Maguire has lost all four games against former mentor Craig Bellamy since getting the job at Souths and will need to regroup after losing out in the race for the minor premiership with a 24-12 defeat to the Roosters in round 26.

Greg Inglis has been named at fullback in an unchanged Rabbitohs lineup despite ongoing concerns surrounding a knee injury he has been carrying for some time. Luke Burgess was a late omission last Friday night and misses out again this week, although brothers Thomas, Sam and George are all in the squad.

The Storm could welcome Gareth Widdop back into the fold for the first time since he dislocated his hip against the Titans in round 15 after he was named on a five-man interchange bench following a successful return to action for Easts Tigers in the Queensland Cup. Brett Finch has been named to continue at five-eighth despite picking up a shoulder injury in the 23-22 golden point victory over the Titans that restricted him to just 25 minutes of game time.


1st Tryscorer

Rabbitohs flyer Nathan Merritt  has scored 14 tries this season but has struggled to get across the line in the second half of the year, with just three four pointers in his past 13 appearances. Merritt is just one behind Benny Wearing on the list of all time tryscorers for the club and would love nothing more than to take top spot on the big stage.

There is no doubt that Billy Slater  is one of the form players in the competition at the moment, with the Kangaroos custodian bagging a brace against the Titans last weekend to take his tally to five tries from his past three matches.


Prediction

Melbourne has won 14 of the past 15 meetings between this pair, including the corresponding fixture twelve months ago, which the Storm won 24-6. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the competition this season however and will be confident of knocking the Storm off to progress to the last four. Expect them to win a relatively low scoring affair  -the last five matches these clubs have played against each other have seen 34 or fewer points. South Sydney Rabbitohs by 4

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