Bunnies Hoping Not To Awaken Dragons

Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Souths are in danger of slumping to four losses in row this weekend. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au

Dragons v Rabbitohs
Saturday, April 5 – 6.35pm (AEST)

Form guide:
Drags: WWWL
Rabs: WLLL

Things you need to know:
Michael Maguire has seen enough after three straight losses and made some long overdue changes. John Sutton has been moved to five-eighth, with Dylan Walker going one spot wider to centre. Lote Tuqiri's axing means Bryson Goodwin shifts to the wing. In the forwards, Sam Burgess will play lock, Ben Te'o is in for Ben Lowe in the second-row and Dave Tyrrell starts at prop. Dragons fullback Josh Dugan makes his first appearance of the season after overcoming a knee injury.

Reason to watch:
It's at the Sydney Cricket Ground. This used to be rugby league's cathedral – and the scene of many of the game's greatest moments. Both these clubs won plenty of premierships between them on the hallowed turf so let's hope the modern day teams can do the occasion justice.

Reason to turn away:
Watching South Sydney this year is like running into an ex-partner who has let themselves go badly. You can remember the good times you had but can't believe this is the same person who used to share your cot.

Say what:
"Bits and pieces of the last two weeks is not the Souths' way and we need to find the Souths' way again." – frustrated Bunnies coach Michael Maguire.

Final word:
You just can't believe Souths will be as bad as they were the last two weeks. They would have copped it all week from Maguire, with a number of players on notice should the rot continue. The Dragons suffered a setback last week with a disappointing home loss to Brisbane. They will be better for Dugan's return but we're willing to give the Bunnies another chance. Souths by 8.

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