Big Two Battle For Top Spot

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Adam Reynolds has played every match for Souths this season. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 1, 2013 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 d Sydney Roosters 10 at Allianz Stadium
Round 19, 2012 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 d Sydney Roosters 22 at Allianz Stadium
Round 1, 2012 – Sydney Roosters 24 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 at ANZ Stadium
Round 19, 2011 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 21 d Sydney Roosters 20 at ANZ Stadium
Round 1, 2011 - Sydney Roosters 40 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 29 at Allianz Stadium

Current Form

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Rabbitohs

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W

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Roosters

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The Rabbitohs  and Roosters  will battle it out at ANZ Stadium on Friday night, with the victor to be crowned minor premiers in a thrilling finale to the regular season. The Rabbitohs occupy top spot going into the final round but are just two points clear of Trent Robinson’s Roosters, who can claim the J.J. Giltinan Shield by virtue of a better for-and-against if they join Souths on 18 wins for the year.

Souths will take an unchanged lineup into this all-important clash, with Greg Inglis reportedly close to peak fitness after being restricted by a knee injury over the past few weeks. Matt King and Jason Clark have been added to the 17 man squad that overcame a slow start to beat the Tigers 32-18 last week, with all four Burgess brothers again expected to feature.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been ruled out after picking up an ankle injury in the Roosters 22-30 defeat to the Titans in round 25, with Shaun Kenny-Dowall shifting out to the wing in his place. Mitch Aubusson moves from the second-row to centre while Aidan Guerra comes off the bench to start in the backrow while Tinirau Arona has been added to the bench in jersey number 20.


1st Tryscorer

The strong form of Sam Burgess  has been one of the main reasons the Rabbitohs have done as well as they have in 2013, with the Englishman particularly strong since moving to lock. Not only has he been getting through a stack of work but he has also become a tryscoring machine, with eight tries in his past twelve games.

Mitch Aubusson  has filled a number of roles for the Roosters this season, predominantly in the backrow, but has caused opposition defenders plenty of headaches when given an opportunity in the backline. He has scored six tries this season and got the first for his side against the Gold Coast last week.


Prediction

The Roosters looked to have the minor premiership sewn up two weeks ago, but shock defeats against the Sharks and Titans have left them rocking at the business end of the season. They have won just one of their past four matches against the Rabbitohs and are really feeling the absence of forwards Boyd Cordner and Martin Kennedy. Souths were impressive after waking from their slumber against Wests last weekend and can secure a first minor premiership since 1989 with victory. South Sydney Rabbitohs by 8

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