Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview
Are the Raiders back? They were super impressive in their win over the Roosters last week but we’ve seen this in the past and then they let us down.
We know at their best the Raiders are as good, if not better, than any other team in the comp. But the gap between there best and worst is big and we don’t see there best on a consistent basis.
THE TEAM NEWS
Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Cotric, Croker, Rapana, Valemei, Wighton, G. Williams, Papalii, Havili, Lui, Young, Whitehead, O’Donnell — Interchanges: Starling, Tapine, Sutton, Smith-Shields — Reserves: S. Williams, Medlyn, Frawley, Bateman
Unavailable: Sebastian Kris (Illness), Corey Horsburgh (Injured), Sia Soliola (Injured), Emre Guler (Injured), Josh Hodgson (Injured), Bailey Simonsson (Injured), Curtis Scott (Injured), Michael Oldfield (Injured)
Canberra Raiders put their long injury list supporting them as they were able to make a brilliant victory over Sydney Roosters in their Grand Final rematch a week and they’ll expect to build on that in what’s an important contest with South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The Raiders were written off by many and even despite trailing by six points in the break, an impressive second half showing saw them edge the victory by four points with their exceptional ball retention aiding their cause.
They watched 55% of the ball as a result of a 85% completion rate and it’s little surprise they have stuck with the same 17 as a week other than one enforced change with Michael Oldfield out through injury so Harley Smith-Shields will make his debut while John Bateman will aspire to make a late call-up in the reservations.
Starting 13: Johnston, Allan, Graham, Gagai, Paulo, Walker, Reynolds, Tatola, Cook, Burgess, Su’A, Sironen, Murray — Interchanges: Nicholls, Sele, Mago, Johns — Reserves: Dillon, Kolomatangi, Dargan, Marsters
(Injured), Liam Knight (Injured), Latrell Mitchell (Suspended), James Roberts (Injured), Ethan Lowe (Injured)
South Sydney Rabbitohs almost pulled off a dramatic comeback against Newcastle Knights last week however they finally left it too late since they slipped to 5-5 and their place in the upper eight seems far from protected dependent on the great majority of their functionality within that game.
The Rabbits trailed 0-20 with just 15 minutes remaining and despite three quick-fire tries giving them a real shot at turning the game on its mind, they were unable to get what could happen to be the winning points in the final stages.
Their display in the introduction 65 minutes of the match will concern head coach Wayne Bennett but the Rabbitohs have something to work on this week owing to the way that they finished the contest, even though Ethan Lowe and James Roberts are out through injury with Campbell Graham and debutant Jack Johns coming to the side.
When is Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Saturday 25th July, 2020 – 10:35 (UK)
Where is Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? GIO Stadium, Canberra
What is the expected weather for Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? 8c, showers
What channel is Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here
Where can I stream Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL
Canberra Raiders and South Sydney Rabbitohs go head-to-head in what Could turn out to be an important battle between the two teams. They will Both be eager to come out on top as they bid to further cement their Spots in the top eight in their first match of the second half of the Season with only two points separating the teams now. The Raiders place their injury woes behind them last week with a hugely Important and remarkable win over Sydney Roosters and although they can Ensure it is back-to-back wins, the smart play can be on a low-scoring game Together with the last three matches between both teams seeing no more than 38 points and that’s very likely to be the case in this one.