2024 NRL: Round 15 Preview, Rabbitohs Vs Broncos

Check out the match preview and prediction for the round 15 clash between the Rabbitohs and the Broncos.

MATCHDAY NEWS

MATCHDAY SCHEDULE

South Sydney Rabbitohs Vs Brisbane Broncos
Venue: Accor Stadium, Sydney
Date: Friday June 14, 8:00pm

MATCHDAY TEAM NEWS

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell, 2. Alex Johnston, 3. Taane Milne, 4. Richard Kennar, 5. Jacob Gagai, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. Cody Walker, 8. Davvy Moale, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Sean Keppie, 11. Michael Chee Kam, 12. Jai Arrow, 13. Keaon Koloamatangi, 14. Peter Mamouzelos, 15. Tallis Duncan, 16. Cameron Murray, 17. Thomas Burgess, 18. Dion Teaupa, 19. Liam Le Blanc, 20. Adam Christensen, 21. Chase Chapman, 22. Bayleigh Bentley-Hape

Broncos: 1. Tristan Sailor, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Kotoni Staggs, 4. Selwyn Cobbo, 5. Deine Mariner, 6. Ezra Mam, 7. Jock Madden, 8. Corey Jensen, 9. Billy Walters, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Brendan Piakura, 12. Jordan Riki, 13. Patrick Carrigan, 14. Tyson Smoothy, 15. Xavier Willison, 16. Kobe Hetherington, 17. Jack Gosiewski, 18. Josiah Karapani, 19. Fletcher Baker, 20. Israel Leota, 21. Martin Taupau, 22. Blake Mozer

Referee: Adam Gee

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MATCHDAY PREVIEW

This to me is the game of the round.

Now, the NRL ladder wouldn’t tell you that. Normally, eighth place versus 16th place is perfect Sunday afternoon footy material, when you only really watch because you know you’ll have to wait until Thursday to see footy again.

But this is different. The 16th placed Bunnies are making a comeback charge at the moment, putting back-to-back 40+ scores on in their last two games, with a bye in between. Meanwhile the highly-regarded Broncos have lost their last two (both at home). That record would extend back to three games if not for Jock Madden’s field goal bringing them a one-point win over Manly at Magic Round.

Souths come into this game carrying a heap of confidence. Not only has fullback Latrell Mitchell responded to his omission from the Blues side with really positive form, but this game marks the return of club captain Cameron Murray. Murray’s focus will be solely on his Rabbitohs – as it always is – but in the back of his mind will be the fact that he has one game to prove his fitness to Michael Maguire before selection for Origin II, so watch out for him really making a mark on this fixture.

Then you’ve got the Broncos. Fullback Reece Walsh remains absent after the events of Origin I, and his usually electric replacement Tristan Sailor will look to make amends after an ordinary performance against the Sharks last week. They’ll really have a point to prove in this one, especially with a trip to Auckland and a fixture against the Panthers in their coming games. Losing two in a row could quickly become losing four or five if they don’t get the job done here on Friday night.

These two teams have had a little animosity ever since the infamous Seibold-Bennett coaching swap in 2019. We may be five years on – and the coaches may now be Ben Hornby and Kevin Walters – but I’ve got no doubt in my mind that Friday night could be a cracker of a game.

Head-to-head stats can be found at Number Crunch Stats.

MATCHDAY PREDICTION

Check out all the NRL Predictions here.

Rabbitohs by 6 points.

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