Souths need Adam Reynolds to fire if they hope to continue their dominant run. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
South Sydney Rabbitohs v New Zealand Warriors
NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday June 7 – 9:35 PM (AEST)
At the start of the season, the South Sydney Rabbitohs looked like they might be in decline. After losing three of their first four games, they've fought back to win six of the next eight coming into Saturday’s clash. The New Zealand Warriors have become a different team under new coach Andrew McFadden. The once wobbly Warriors have won four from five and are starting to find their rhythm.
The Bunnies are such a different team when Greg Inglis is in the side. When they faced the Dragons on Monday night, they controlled the game from the start. The Burgess boys (Sam, George and Tom) were so dominant up front, building the platform for their halves (Adam Reynolds and John Sutton) to create the opportunities for the outside backs. Add GI at the back creating those half chances and it is always a winning formula. Coach Michael Maguire has made just one change to the side which trampled the Dragons 29-10, with young-gun Alex Johnston replacing Nathan Merritt on the wing.
The partnership between Sam Tomkins and Shaun Johnson continues to blossom. The Englishman took some time to find his feet in the NRL, but it was well worth the wait. With six tries and six try assists, the more he gets his hands on the ball, the more the Warriors will benefit. The experiment between Tomkins and Johnson switching between fullback and halfback has paid dividends, with the Warriors running in 144 points in 5 games. When the team is going so well, why would you change anything? With no injury concerns, McFadden has named an unchanged line-up for the Perth outing.
If both teams bring the same performance from last week, this one will be a cracker. GI v Tomkins is certainly a highlight, but the size of the Bunnies pack might be what gets them over the line.
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