The Roosters and Rabbitohs certainly had a contrasting day out in last week’s matches. The Chooks will be looking to come back from a big loss while Bunnies will look to build further momentum from a big win.

Last Time Out

The Roosters were absolutely walloped by the Sharks, going down 44-12. They didn’t play particularly awful, rather the Sharks were just completely faultless with ball in hand. The Sharks completed 19/19 sets in the first half and in the 2nd half they completely overwhelmed the Roosters as they exploited poor edge defence. The absence of skipper Boyd Cordner as well as Sio Taukeiaho took a lot out of the Roosters go-forward and they suffered for it.

The Rabbitohs on the other hand, had a field day out against the Panthers, triumphing 42-14. Alex Johnston scored 5 tries in an impressive effort to equal the club try-scoring record, becoming the 8th player in Rabbitohs history to do so. Adam Reynolds steered the side to victory with his pinpoint kicking and Sam Burgess overcame a sin binning to put in a massive performance. It was a terrific performance that kickstarted the faintest glimmer of hope, the Souths can mount a late season charge to the finals.

Key Battle

The ability of the Roosters forwards to contain their opposition’s go forward. Souths have a massive forward pack but the weekly handful of Burgess errors and underperformers had seen them fall far below their potential. Souths appear to have found their groove though and in particular Angus Crichton who is the biggest danger man for the Roosters to contain. If they can limit his impact on the match, then they’ll give themselves the best chance of winning.

Souths will also need to watch out for a fired up Luke Keary who will no doubt relish the chance to lead the Roosters to victory and get another one back on his old team.

Prediction

The Souths put in their best performance of the 2017 season last week. Unless the momentum train completely derails or they collapse under the weight of their own expectations, it’s hard to see them not playing to a similar level again. The Roosters were walloped and the loss of Mitchell Pearce to Origin certainly won’t help them find much direction in attack.

Souths may have left their run of form a little too late to make the finals but they’ll be full of confidence and should be able to give their faint hopes a boost with a big win over an understrength Roosters. Bunnies by 10+

Squads

Sydney Roosters
1 Michael Gordon
2 Daniel Tupou
3 Latrell Mitchell
4 Mitchell Aubusson
5 Joseph Manu
6 Connor Watson
7 Luke Keary
8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9 Jake Friend ©
10 Zane Tetevano
11 Ryan Matterson
12 Aidan Guerra
13 Isaac Liu
Interchange:
14 Kane Evans
15 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
16 Lindsay Collins
17 Mitchell Cornish
Reserves:
18 Nat Butcher
19 Victor Radley
20 Chris Smith
21 Eloni Vunakece

South Sydney Rabbitohs
1 Cody Walker
2 Alex Johnston
3 Aaron Gray
4 Bryson Goodwin
5 Braidon Burns
6 John Sutton
7 Adam Reynolds
8 Thomas Burgess
9 Robbie Farah
10 David Tyrell
11 Tyrell Fuimaono
12 Angus Crichton
13 Sam Burgess ©
Interchange
14 Damien Cook
15 Jason Clark
16 Zane Musgrove
17 George Burgess
Reserves
18 Anthony Cherrington
19 Kyle Turner
20 Jack Gosiewski
22 Cam Murray