Date: Saturday June 7th
Venue: NIB Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 9:30pm (EST), 7:30pm local
Rabbitohs: Greg Inglis, Alex Johnston, Dylan Walker, Kirisome Auva’a, Joel Reddy, John Sutton (c), Adam Reynolds, George Burgess, Issac Luke, Dave Tyrrell, Kyle Turner, Ben Te’o, Sam Burgess. Interchange: Apisai Koroisau, Jason Clark, Chris McQueen, Thomas Burgess
Warriors: Sam Tomkins, David Fusitu’a, Konrad Hurrell, Ngani Laumape, Manu Vatuvei, Chad Townsend, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Nathan Friend, Suaia Matagi, Jayson Bukuya, Ben Matulino, Simon Mannering (c). Interchange: Siliva Havili, Sam Rapira, Feleti Mateo, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Tuimoala Lolohea, Charlie Gubb
Despite the South Sydney Rabbitohs being fourth and the New Zealand Warriors being way down in twelfth, this clash has the making of a great contest as their are only two points separating the two sides.
Both sides have won four of their last five games and go into this clash on the back of good wins last week with the Rabbitohs triumphing over St George 29-10 and the Warriors thrashing the Knights 38-18.
These two inform sides are starting to pick up the form they would have liked to have started the season with and they are now getting some consistency in their performance. That consistency is mirrored in their team selections as the Rabbitohs have only one change, Nathan Merrit is dropped to NSW Cup and replaced by Alex Johnston.
Meanwhile the Warriors are unchanged from last week, the only difference is the inclusion of youngsters Tuimoala Lolohea and Charlie Gubb onto an extended bench.
The Warriors are starting to gel as a unit now with Tomkins and Johnson coming together as a lethal partnership however, last years runners-up in the ladder are hitting form and the devastating Burgess brothers will be a big factor in whether the Rabbitohs can stay in the top four.
This one should be a close contest and there is plenty of skill on show. I’m going for a Rabbitohs victory by 8.
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