Date: Thursday, 14th August
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Kick-off: 7:45pm (local time)
South Sydney Rabbitohs: Greg Inglis, Alex Johnston, Dylan Walker, Kirisome Auva’a, Lote Tuqiri, Luke Keary, Adam Reynolds, Thomas Burgess, Issac Luke, David Tyrrell, Kyle Turner, Ben Te’o, Sam Burgess. Interchange: Jason Clark, Ben Lowe, Chris McQueen, Luke Burgess, Joe Picker, Bryson Goodwin
Brisbane Broncos: Josh Hoffman, Daniel Vidot, Dale Copley, Jack Reed, Lachlan Maranta, Ben Barba, Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Corey Parker, Alex Glenn, Matt Gillett, Sam Thaiday. Interchange: Jake Granville, Martin Kennedy, Ben Hannant, Corey Oates, Jarrod Wallace
‘On top of the world’ would be a term most fitting to the South Sydney Rabbitohs and their current spirits after defeating the Manly Sea Eagles last Friday night. The much-anticipated Provan-Summons trophy is the ultimate goal for the Souths squad this season, yet for the moment, a possible snatch of the Minor Premiership in Round 26 is the current aspiration.
With just 3 wins separating South Sydney and the Brisbane Broncos, neither side can expect an easy victory in what will for sure be a close contest.
The Broncos struggle to find consistency while on the road and have not won a game away from the comfort of Suncorp Stadium since their victory over Canberra in round 13. Fortunately they’re no stranger to the grounds of ANZ Stadium, their upset over the Canterbury Bulldogs in Round 1 and a large portion of their squad being made up of Origin representatives will make the atmosphere a whole lot more comfortable.
These two teams met once in April this season and the highlight reels for the game show nothing but Greg Inglis brilliance. South Sydney will also enter in the better form after winning their last four matches by double digits.
Coming into this match, South Sydney will replace brother George Burgess with Thomas Burgess in the front row after George’s tackle on Steve Matai cost him the next two rounds. Bryson Goodwin will join the interchange with Luke Burgess and Joe Picker while Brisbane will be forced to go another week without beloved Dally M winner Justin Hodges through injury.
Despite the injury to George Burgess, South Sydney will still have one of the most intimidating lineups in the competition and it will be Brisbane who will have to step up their game.
Souths by 4