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PREVIEW: South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm

For the 8th season in a row the Rabbitohs will venture to Western Australia, hosting the Melbourne Storm at nib stadium. The two sides have met each other at the venue two times with one win a piece, so there will be some kind of motivation to see who will be crowed as the best of the west.


South Sydney bounced back from their Round 9 thrashing at the hands of Manly to beat the Tigers for the first time in their last 4 outings against the joint venture. A new-look side saw Cody Walker moving to fullback and John Sutton returning to his old position of five-eighth, and the inclusions of Aaron Gray, Robbie Rochow, Anthony Cherrington and debutant Tyrell Fuimaono gave the side a new lease of life as they ran 5 tries past the luckless Wests side. Former Tiger Robbie Farah ran rampant against his old side, and Sam Burgess was also at his bustling best, running for over 200 metres and scoring 2 tries.

Melbourne on the other hand were trounced in a high scoring game against the Gold Coast Titans up in Brisbane. As the first of the double header games, both sides put on a show scoring a total of 74 points, with the Storm becoming only the fourth team in history to lose despite scoring 36 points. While they did provide some razzle dazzle, their defence did go wanting and there’s no doubt that they’ll be looking to plug any gaps they had last week. Cameron Munster and Tohu Harris made successful returns from injury and will be aiming to build some form.


The key battle for this game is between State of Origin hookers Robbie Farah and Cameron Smith.

After coming off a club best game for the Rabbitohs against his old team, Robbie Farah will be using the next few weeks to prove to Laurie Daley that he is still the man to lead the Blues in this year’s State of Origin. Starting the game and playing long minutes gave Farah the best opportunity to show his wares, and his two try assists and great kicking game put the Bunnies in the box seat to a strong victory.

We all know how clinical Cameron Smith is, and his ability to control the tempo of games is something that is awe inspiring. Despite their loss, Smith was still one of the best on field, creating great attacking opportunities for Melbourne all over the park.

With both players possessing great vision, poise kicking abilities and are known for their huge tackle counts, whoever outplays their opposite will most likely lead their team to victory.


The contests between these two sides are always entertaining and close score lines. Although the Rabbitohs always have a very poor overall record against the Storm, they always turn up to play and hopefully for entertainment’s sake, Sunday is no different.

Similarly, the Rabbitohs have a great record at Perth, winning three of their last four games there, with their most recent being a one-point defeat against the Titans. However, the Storm rarely lose back to back games, and even with their improved effort against the Tigers, I can’t see them overcoming what will be a determined Melbourne outfit.

Storm by 10.


Rabbitohs: 1. Cody Walker 2. Alex Johnston 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Bryson Goodwin 5. Aaron Gray 6. John Sutton 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tom Burgess 9. Robbie Farah 10. Robbie Rochow 11. Kyle Turner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Sam Burgess ©

14. Damien Cook 15. Tyrell Fuimaono 16. Anthony Cherrington 17. Zane Musgrove

18. Braidon Burns 19. Dave Tyrrell 20. Cameron Murray 22. Jack Gosiewski

Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Cheyse Blair 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cam Munster 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Tim Glasby 9. Cameron Smith © 10. Jordan McLean 11. Joe Stimson 12. Tohu Harris 13. Dale Finucane

14. Mark Nicholls 15. Felise Kaufusi 16. Kenneath Bromwich 17. Tui Kamikamica

18. Young Tonumaipea 19. Slade Griffin 20. Brandon Smith 21. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

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