2024 NRL: Round 4 Preview, Rabbitohs Vs Bulldogs

Check out the match preview and prediction for the round 4 clash between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.



South Sydney Rabbitohs Vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Venue: Accor Stadium, Sydney
Date: Friday March 29, 4:05pm


Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Jack Wighton 4. Isaiah Tass 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Dean Hawkins 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jacob Host 13. Cameron Murray 14. Michael Chee Kam 15. Tallis Duncan 16. Shaquai Mitchell 17. Davvy Moale 18. Siliva Havili 19. Lachlan Ilias 20. Sean Keppie 21. Peter Mamouzelos 22. Izaac Tu’itupou Thompson

Bulldogs: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Blake Wilson 3. Jacob Kiraz 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Connor Tracey 6. Matt Burton 7. Drew Hutchison 8. Max King 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Liam Knight 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Jacob Preston 13. Jaeman Salmon 14. Kurt Mann 15. Samuel Hughes 16. Josh Curran 17. Kurtis Morrin 19. Bronson Xerri 20. Toby Sexton 21. Jake Turpin 22. Kitione Kautoga 23. Josh Addo-Carr

Referee: Gerard Sutton

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Although many will say “it’s only the Titans” it was still an emphatic and much deserved win for the Bulldogs at Belmore last week.

This week’s clash with the Rabbitohs – an annual Good Friday event – will be a much harder task for Cameron Ciraldo’s men, made harder by the appointment of Gerard Sutton as referee. Sutton is notorious for his disastrous officiating in these clashes.

With Souths looking for their first win of the year we can expect them to show up in force.

The Bulldogs were clunky at times in attack last week but when it clicked the main man was Viliame Kikau who appears to have discovered his best form in two seasons. Most impressive was their speed and commitment in defence.

Souths also looked clunky, not just in attack but in defence. The much maligned Latrell Mitchell will be gunning to prove his critics wrong as will Cody Walker, who has had one of his worst starts to a season.

I hate to say it, but this match could very well be decided by officiating.

Whoever wins will likely be the team on the end of the 50/50 calls. Souths know how to win.

The Bulldogs are just discovering how to again. If things go against them, their response will determine how much they’ve really improved.

Head-to-head stats can be found at Round 4 Number Crunch.


Bulldogs by 8 points.

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