Round 7 Preview: Rabbitohs v Raiders

Source: NRL.com

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canberra Raiders

Central Coast Stadium 

April 21st 2018

3:00pm AEST 5:00pm NZST

Rabbitohs: 1 Alex Johnston, 2 Richie Kennar, 3 Greg Inglis (c), 4 Dane Gagai, 5 Robert Jennings, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Thomas Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 George Burgess, 11 John Sutton, 12 Angus Crichton, 13 Sam Burgess

Interchange: 14 Adam Doueihi, 15 Mark Nicholls, 16 Jason Clark, 17 Tevita Tatola

Reserves: 18 Robbie Farah, 19 Hymel Hunt, 20 Cameron Murray, 21 Kyle Turner


Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton, 2 Nick Cotric, 3 Jarrod Croker (c), 4 Joseph Leilua, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Blake Austin, 7 Aidan Sezer, 8 Iosia Soliola, 9 Siliva Havili, 10 Junior Paulo, 11 Joseph Tapine, 12 Elliott Whitehead, 13 Luke Bateman


Saturday rugby league starts with two sides that have started to find some form in recent wins with both the Rabbitohs and the Raiders coming off comprehensive victories last weekend.

This match is being played at the Central Coast and if both sides can live up to expectations, with some big boys up front and some some of the best wingers and centres in the comp this match could be a sneaky pick for match of the round.

Key match ups:
The outside back from sides.
As I said above this match has some of the best backs in the competition with South Sydney having arguably the best centre pairing with Gagai and Inglis, along with them you have to wingers in Jennings and Kennar who have both started the season in spectacular form.

On the other hand the Raiders have 3 players that have had their names mentioned when it comes to Origin possibilities in Cotric, Croker and Leilua, add to that Rapana and it wouldn't surprise me if all tries are scored between the two sides #2-#5.

The Burgess Twins vs Soliola and Paulo
That's 463kg of human power between the four of them! When talking about the battle of the big man and starting props it doesn't get much bigger than this. So which side will give their team the upper hand?

The twins last week played out of their skin but will the return of Big Brother Sam affect them in any way, as for the Raiders pairing they've average 200 m between them in their last two games and surprise surprise that won both those matches.

Walker vs Austin
Both players started the season off slower than normal but in the past few weeks they both started to hit some form and the quality of football they've delivered has been great to watch.

Both men play with a dominant half back that likes to take control of a game but it could be an individual moment of brilliance by the one of these two players, setting up the try or possibly even saving one in defence that could be the difference in this match.

Prediction:
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will be flying high after last week's win and I think with the return of Sam Burgess they will be too good for the Canberra Raiders. No I don't think they will do it easy I'm expecting a close game with Souths to get over the line in the last 10.
Rabbitohs 1-6

Boom

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