Date: Thursday, 28th August
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Kick-off: 7:45pm (local time)
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs: Sam Perrett, Corey Thompson, Josh Morris, Timoteo Lafai, Mitch Brown, Moses Mbye, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis, James Graham, Josh Jackson, Tony Williams, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: Reni Maitua, Dale Finucane, David Klemmer, Pat O’Hanlon, Harlan Alaalatoa
South Sydney Rabbitohs: Greg Inglis, Alex Johnston, Dylan Walker, Kirisome Auva’a, Lote Tuqiri, Luke Keary, Adam Reynolds, George Burgess, Issac Luke, David Tyrrell, Kyle Turner, Chris McQueen, Sam Burgess. Interchange: Jason Clark, Ben Lowe, Luke Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Bryson Goodwin, Joe Picker
The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs are now starting to show a glimmer of hope after their wins against the Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels. The Bulldogs pulled off a miraculous start to the season that saw them top of the table after winning eight of their first ten matches, most against top of the table teams.
Although their forward pack shared the likes of James Graham, Sam Kasiano and Josh Jackson, the Bulldogs struggled to find wins during the Origin period when halves pairings Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson went away for their respective state duties. And it’s only recently that the Bulldogs have regathered their spectacular form that went missing somewhere in the mid-season.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs shocked, well, maybe the entire world when they went down 22-10 to the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium last Saturday night. Most teams would shake off a twelve-point loss to such an in form side, but when you’re coming off the back of a five in a row winning streak that involved sides like the Brisbane Broncos and the Manly Sea Eagles, the Rabbitohs need to change.
If the Rabbitohs want to steal the minor premiership from the Sea Eagles in Round 26 and boost their confidence as they attempt to break a fourty-three year premiership drought this season, it must come this week. For their final game in Round 26 is against the reigning premiers at Allianz Stadium, meaning this week is a must-win fixture.
Coming into this fixture, the Rabbitohs have named George Burgess in their starting team as he returns from suspension and replaces brother Luke Burgess. The Bulldogs shall enter the fixture with an unchanged squad from last week.
Souths by 2