2023 NRL Magic Round Preview: Storm Vs Rabbitohs

Josh Mercer previews the big Saturday night clash between the Storm and the Rabbitohs. Here’s what we have to look forward to.



Melbourne Storm Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Date: Saturday May 6, 7:45 pm


Storm: 1. Nick Meaney 2. William Warbrick 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9. Harry Grant 10. Christian Welch 11. Trent Loiero 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Josh King 14. Bronson Garlick 15. Aaron Pene 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Tariq Sims 18. Tyran Wishart 19. Grant Anderson 20. Tepai Moeroa 21. Jordan Grant 22. Jonah Pezet

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. Michael Chee Kam 12. Jacob Host 13. Cameron Murray 14. Jed Cartwright 15. Jai Arrow 16. Liam Knight 17. Thomas Burgess 18. Josiah Karapani 19. Blake Taaffe 20. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 21. Ben Lovett 22. Dean Hawkins

Referee: Adam Gee

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The Rabbitohs once again proved themselves to be premiership contenders with a big win over the Broncos at Suncorp.

Centre Campbell Graham scored a hat-trick, and with that performance, he may have earned himself a call-up to the New South Wales side. It wasn’t only Graham who stood out; the big names all stood out.

The Storm were lucky enough to have the bye last week. They had a good win on ANZAC Day against the Warriors. They were made to work for it, however. Cameron Munster came up with the big plays when needed, while Nick Meaney scored two crucial tries for the Storm. Craig Bellamy is going to have a headache when Ryan Papenhuyzen comes back.

Liam Knight has been named on the bench, with Davvy Moale the only player missing out. Knight returned from injury last week in the NSW Cup.

There are no outs for the Storm. Against the Warriors, Bellemy started Nelson Asofa-Solomona from the bench; he may not do that this week as the Warriors had it over the Storm in the middle for some of the game.


Storm 8, Rabbitohs 2.


Rabbitohs by eight points.

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