The Bulldogs will try to gain a top four position this week, but they have a daunting task ahead of them as they come up against a Rabbitohs team which seems hungry to redeem themselves for a poor season. The Bulldogs themselves have been struggling lately and another loss would be a huge knock to their confidence heading into the finals.
Last Time Out
The score-line was generous last week as the Bulldogs were dominated by a red hot Cowboys team. Based on recent form the doggies will struggle more than any other team to have a decent shot at winning the premiership this year. They did recently say that they would try to win from outside the top four, but they seem less likely than any other team to do so.
The Rabbitohs have suddenly sparked back to the kind of form that saw them contend for the title for the past few years. It may have been healed injuries, healing relationships or even embarrassment that has caused the surge but at the moment they wouldn’t look out of place in the top 8 and look like they will give the title a good crack in 2017. This week they would definitely enjoy beating the Bulldogs to finish off the year strongly just like they did in the 2014 grand final.
Adam Reynolds vs. Moses Mbye
Adam Reynolds has been in some incredible form that has been missing since the start of the year. If the Rabbitohs are to beat this top 8 team, he is likely to be the man leading the way. Moses Mbye has been one of the few players keeping the ship afloat at the Bulldogs but he will need to step up if they are to make a dint in the finals.
The Rabbitohs have been in too good form lately and don’t look like slowing down. Their forward pack is big enough the shut the dogs’ pack down. The Rabbitohs spine should be the real difference maker.
Rabbitohs by 10.
Bulldogs: 1 William Hopoate 2 Brett Morris 3 Josh Morris 4 Kerrod Holland 5 Curtis Rona 6 Josh Reynolds 7 Moses Mbye 8 Aiden Tolman 9 Michael Lichaa 10 James Graham (c) 11 Joshua Jackson 12 Greg Eastwood 13 David Klemmer. Interchange: 14 Danny Fualalo 15 Tim Browne 16 Tony Williams 17 Raymond Faitala
Rabbitohs: 1 Greg Inglis (c) 2 Alexander Johnston 3 Hymel Hunt 4 Aaron Gray 5 Joe Burgess 6 Cody Walker 7 Adam Reynolds 8 George burgess 9 Damien Cook 10 Thomas Burgess 11 John Sutton 12 Kyle Turner 13 Samuel Burgess. Interchange: 14 Jason Clark 15 Nathan Brown 16 Angus Crichton 17 Zane Musgrove