Roosters And Rabbitohs Rumble

Sonny Bill Williams. Image courtesy of: www.smh.com.au
Sonny Bill Williams will lead the charge on Thursday night. Image courtesy of: www.smh.com.au

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Roosters v Rabbitohs


Allianz Stadium

Thursday September 4 – 7:50 PM (AEST)

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The Sydney Roosters  and the South Sydney Rabbitohs  are vying for premiership favouritism with TattsBet heading into Thursday night’s defining clash.

The reigning premiers are building momentum at the right time. Following their epic 24-12 win over the Storm last Saturday, punters are starting back them with over $10,000 being placed on the Chooks for the premiership, firming them to $3.50 favourites. At the start of the season, TattsBet had them at $6 to achieve back-to-back premierships, something that hasn’t been done since the Broncos in 1997/98. The Roosters sensational form as of late coincides with halfback Mitchell Pearce’s form kicking up another gear. Over the last month, he has notched up four try assists, 11 tackle breaks, five line breaks and two four-pointers. Mitch Aubusson replaces hooker Jake Friend, who was rushed to the hospital on Saturday night with a hemothorax.

The Bunnies are having a mixed end to the season. Only a few weeks ago they were the premiership favourites at $3.25. But after a loss to the Cowboys two weeks ago, and a scrappy win over the Bulldogs last week, punters are starting to lose faith, and they've drifed to $3.75. For only the second time in over two months, the Bunnies head into a game as the outsiders. But you can never write off a team that has Greg Inglis, who has averaged 15 runs for 150 metres, five tackle busts and one line break in his last seven games. John Sutton returns to five-eighth, with Luke Keary moving to halfback to cover Adam Reynolds (suspended).

Even though the Chooks are heavy favourites, all the money coming in is for the Bunnies, with punters believing there's value. Given that Souths have won four of the last six meetings, including a 28-8 thumping in Round 1 this year, you can see why.

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