NRL match preview: South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers

Date:Friday, June 13, 2014
Venue:ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Rabbitohs: 1.Nathan Merritt 2.Alex Johnston 3.Bryson Goodwin 4.Kirisome Auva’a 5.Joel Reddy 6.John
Sutton (c) 7.Adam Reynolds 8.George Burgess 9.Isaac Luke 10.Dave Tyrell 11.Kyle Turner 12.Sam Burgess 13.Ben Lowe Interchange: 14.Apisai Koroisau 15.Jason Clark 16.Joe Picker 17.Thomas Burgess.

Tigers: 1.James Tedesco 2.David Nofoaluma 3.Tim Simona 4.Chris Lawrence 5.Pat Richards 6.Braith Anasta
(c) 7.Luke Brooks 8.Martin Taupau 9.Joel Luani 10.Keith Galloway 11.Curtis Sironen 12.Bodene Thompson
13.Adam Blair Interchange: 14.Dene Halatau 15.Sauaso Sue 16.Blake Austin 17.Ava Seumanufagai 18.Sitaleki
Akauola 21.Keith Lulia.

The Rabbitohs head into the game without their Origin stars Greg Inglis, Ben Te’o and Chris
McQueen. Dylan Walker also misses out this week after breaking his thumb in the victory against
the Warriors last weekend. With those players out, Nathan Merritt returns along with Alex Johnston,
Ben Lowe and former Canberra Raider, Joe Picker.

Despite the various changes this week, the Tigers still have to deal with the not so small task of the Burgess brothers. While only three are making an appearance this week, their form has been outstanding this season and the Tigers will need to be on top of their game to stop them. The halves are also unaffected for the game and they will need their forwards laying the platform for them to have a good game.

For the Tigers, Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah are missing through Origin duty, while Liam Fulton has been ruled out with concussion after having to leave the field for the fourth time this season
from a knock to the head. Those three will be big losses but in their place come hooker Joel Luani,
Ava Seumanufagai and for the first time this season, favourite son, Dene Halatau.

If the Tigers are going to win this game then it will be on the back of the brilliance of Luke Brooks and James Tedesco. Tiger’s fans are delighted to see Tedesco stick with the club after his change of heart and he will be hoping to reward them with another outstanding performance.

This game will be a tight affair but I believe the Tigers backline will be too strong for the Rabbitohs
and their forward pack led by possible signing of the year, Martin Taupau, will match the might of Burgess Brothers.

Tigers by 4.

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