Round 18 Preview: Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs.
ANZ Stadium.
Saturday, July 14th.
3:00pm AEST.
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs: 
1 Will Hopoate
2 Brett Morris
3 Josh Morris
4 Kerrod Holland
5 Reimis Smith
6 Lachlan Lewis
7 Jeremy Marshall-King
8 Aiden Tolman
9 Michael Lichaa
10 David Klemmer
11 Josh Jackson (c)
12 Rhyse Martin
13 Adam Elliott
14 Fa'amanu Brown
15 Clay Priest
16 Ofahiki Ogden
17 Danny Fualalo
18 Asipeli Fine
19 Matt Frawley
20 Francis Tualau
21 John Olive

South Sydney Rabbitohs: 
1 Alex Johnston
2 Campbell Graham
3 Hymel Hunt
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
14 Adam Doueihi
15 Cameron Murray
16 Mark Nicholls
17 Tevita Tatola 
18 Matt McIlwrick
19 Braidon Burns
20 Dean Britt
21 Kyle Turner
22 Billy Brittain

Match Preview.
The 1st place Rabbitohs taking on the 15th place Bulldogs, yet surprisingly, I’m pumped for this game. 

With the Rabbitohs on an 8 game win streak, it begs the question, who’s going to beat them?! They have been fantastic through the middle part of the season, and I’m starting to seriously think they can win this thing. With their stars in form and their previously struggling forward pack on an all time high, the Rabbitohs are making a charge for that minor premiership, and you’d have to be packing well to think the Bulldogs have a chance in this game. However there’s something about this Bulldogs team that make me give them a slight chance.

The Bulldogs are done for the season. They are fighting to avoid the wooden spoon, have lost two of their marquee players in the last fortnight, and are in severe cap trouble. They blew the game last week after looking destined to win with only 8 minutes remaining, but yet there’s still something I’m loving about this team. I may of picked them to finish last, but I’m incredibly impressed with the heart of some of these young players. The young team is standing up and although not winning yet, challenging, and playing like as if their careers are on the line. This season may be one to forget for Dogs fans, but it’s unleashed some great young talents who are putting pride into the blue and white jersey.

Key Match Up: Rhys Martin vs Angus Crichton.
The Bulldogs and the NRL have quickly been introduced to the superstar to be, Rhys Martin. Off contract at the end of the season, he’s gone from unknown to one of the most dangerous forwards in the game. However Rhys has a task on his hands, taking one another big name young gun in Angus Crichton.

Crichton is coming off an exhausting Origin series, and is fighting to show the Roosters why he deserves a starting spot next season. But for he dons the try colours, he’s got unfinished business at South Sydney, and he’s hoping to leave the club with a Premiership ring. The talented young workhorse is set to take on a Bulldogs outfit with nothing but pride to play for, can be a real task, especially after such a tough Origin game only a few days earlier.

Blake’s Prediction: Bulldogs by 2.
Yep, I’m one of those guys packing. I may be mad, but I’m going with the Bulldogs here. Not only were they fantastic last week until the final 10, but they are taking on a Rabbits team with plenty of tired stars backing up from Wednesday night. I just think the heart and passion is going to get them over the line. A loss is due for Souths.



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