Greg Inglis set to shine on Friday night. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Friday, April 18, 4:05pm (AEST)
For a team that has been one of the premier sides of the competition the past few seasons, South Sydney has been performing well below par this year. But with the return of Greg Inglis from concussion against the Panthers last Friday night, the Rabbitohs seem to be back to their very best, keeping the ‘Mountain Men’ try-less in a spectacular 80 minute performance. The strength of Inglis at the back added a real punch to the Bunnies' attack, which posted 18 unanswered points to cap off a stellar night.
But they are coming against a team in red hot form in Canterbury . The Bulldogs have shown in the early stages of the competition they are genuine contenders, defeating the previous two Premiers (Storm and Roosters) in the last three rounds. Playing behind one of the best packs in the competition, Blues Origin star Josh Reynolds is proving that he can handle the big plays when required. Combine that with the kicking game of Trent Hodkinson and the running game of Michael Ennis, it’s not hard to see why the Doggies have jumped to $8.50 in Premiership betting and are one of the favourites to raise the Telstra Trophy in the first weekend of October.
Luke Burgess will start this week, covering for brother George (suspension), while Chris McQueen shifts back to the starting side in replace of Ben Te’o (suspension). Ben Lowe and Joe Picker make up the rest of the 17 man squad, joining Joel Reddy and Alex Johnston on an extended bench. The Dogs have named a relatively similar squad to the one which beat the Warriors in a thriller Sunday afternoon. The only change is Pat O’Hanlon who comes onto the bench for the injured Frank Pritchard (Pectoral).
With both teams playing some impressive football at the moment, it’s hard to pick a sure thing in this one (as the head-to-head betting indicates). But with Inglis back to to his best and steering the ship, the smart money has to lean towards pride of Redfern.
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