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2021 NRL Round Three Preview, Rabbitohs Vs Roosters

Josh Mercer previews the clash between bitter rivals the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters. This is what we have to look forward to.

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TEAM NEWS

Venue: Stadium Australia, Date: Friday, March 26, Time: 8:05pm

Rabbitohs Team

  1. Latrell Mitchell
  2. Alex Johnston
  3. Dane Gagai
  4. Campbell Graham
  5. Josh Mansour
  6. Cody Walker
  7. Adam Reynolds
  8. Thomas Burgess
  9. Damien Cook
  10. Tevita Tatola
  11. Keaon Koloamatangi
  12. Jaydn Su’A
  13. Cameron Murray
  14. Benji Marshall
  15. Mark Nicholls
  16. Patrick Mago
  17. Jai Arrow
  18. Jacob Host
  19. Tautau Moga
  20. Troy Dargan
  21. Steven Marsters

Team Changes

IN: Jacob Host, Josh Mansour, Steven Marsters Tautau Moga, Troy Dargan
OUT: Jaxson Paulo

Roosters Team

  1. James Tedesco
  2. Daniel Tupou
  3. Josh Morris
  4. Joseph Manu
  5. Brett Morris
  6. Lachlan Lam
  7. Luke Keary
  8. Lindsay Collins
  9. Freddy Lussick
  10. Siosiua Taukeiaho
  11. Angus Crichton
  12. Sitili Tupouniua
  13. Isaac Liu
  14. Victor Radley
  15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  16. Nat Butcher
  17. Daniel Suluka-Fifita
  18. Drew Hutchison
  19. Matt Ikuvalu
  20. Sam Walker
  21. Fletcher Baker

Team Changes

IN: Angus Crichton, Matt Ikuvalu, Sam Walker, Victor Radley 
OUT:

Referee: Ashley Klein

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Rabbitohs

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The Rabbitohs were victorious against the Sea Eagles on a wet day at Brookvale Oval. They lost halfback Adam Reynolds due to an HIA but had a pretty decent back up in veteran Benji Marshall. While they didn’t put the Sea Eagles away until late in the game, they showed enough to send shivers down the spines of other sides.

Roosters

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The Roosters showed again there is a big divide between certain teams, even after two rounds, when they beat the Tigers 40-6. Players like Keary, Tedesco and the Morris twins had a field day with the bounce of the ball going their way.

PREVIEW

The Rabbitohs won 60-8 the last time these teams met, and it’s burned deep in the minds of Roosters players and fans. The Rabbitohs will be confident going into the match, especially since Reynolds has been cleared to play, and they will hoping to build on their win against the Sea Eagles last week.

The Roosters will be looking to keep their momentum going from their first two wins. The Rabbitohs present a stiffer challenge than what the Sea Eagles and Tigers presented and they need the key players such as Keary, Tedesco and the Morris twins to be firing on all cylinders if they hope to get the two competition points.

KEY STAT

Rabbitohs winger Alex Johnston has scored 12 tries against the Roosters including a five-try haul in last year’s final round demolition.

PREDICTION

Roosters by eight.

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