2023 NRL Preview Round 21: Rabbitohs Vs Broncos

Check out the match preview and prediction for the round 21 clash between the Rabbitohs and Broncos.

MATCHDAY NEWS

MATCHDAY SCHEDULE

South Sydney Rabbitohs Vs Brisbane Broncos
Venue: Sunshine Coast Stadium
Date: Friday July 21, 8:00pm

MATCHDAY TEAM NEWS

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Hame Sele 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Blake Taaffe 15. Siliva Havili 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Jacob Host 18. Jed Cartwright 19. Tallis Duncan 20. Peter Mamouzelos 21. Davvy Moale 22. Dean Hawkins

Broncos: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Jesse Arthars 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Keenan Palasia 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Brendan Piakura 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Tyson Smoothy 15. Corey Jensen 16. Kobe Hetherington 17. Martin Taupau 18. Deine Mariner 19. Jock Madden 20. Xavier Willison 21. Tristan Sailor 22. Delouise Hoeter

Referee: Ashley Klein

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MATCHDAY PREVIEW

Both sides get a massive boost this week with their star fullbacks returning. Latrell Mitchell has not played since Round 12, while Campbell Graham and Jai Arrow are also back from injury. Coming off a bye, the Rabbitohs will also be boosted by the return of Origin quartet Cody Walker, Damien Cook, Keaon Koloamatangi, and Cameron Murray as they look to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Bulldogs in round 19.

Reece Walsh is back from suspension for the Broncos, while Payne Haas has recovered from an ankle injury to provide a spark to the forward pack. Patrick Carrigan also returns after being rested following Origin III. Tristan Sailor drops back to the reserves with Corey Jensen set to come off the bench.

While they will be disappointed at conceding 24 points to the Bulldogs, the Broncos’ attack was on fire in their 44-24 victory last week. It gets tougher this week against a Rabbitohs side that is now fully fit. They’ve had no problem scoring tries this season, but their defense will be key against the likes of Walker, Mitchell, and Graham.

The battle of the fullbacks will be one to watch, both hoping to return with a bang as they run towards finals. With just six points separating 1st to 9th, this shapes up as an incredibly important match for both sides. The Rabbitohs could drop out of the top eight with a loss while the Broncos will be keen to remain equal with the top-of-the-table Panthers.

The Rabbitohs have won four from four at Sunshine Coast Stadium, and with all their stars back on deck, should be just too good in a close one.

LAST TEN MATCHES

Rabbitohs 6, Broncos 4

MATCHDAY PREDICTION

Rabbitohs by 2 points.

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