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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs St George Illawarra Dragons Tips - Bunnies to cover
- NRL Round 25 fixture set at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday
- The Rabbitohs got back on the winning track with a win over the Roosters last week
- The Rabbitohs have lost only once in their last 12 games
- The Dragons are winless in their last 7 games
- The Rabbitohs whipped the Dragons 50-14 in Round 20
The Rabbitohs are targeting another win over the Dragons this season. (NRL Photos via Getty Images )
The South Sydney Rabbitohs both won and lost last week with the 54-12 win over the Roosters marking Latrell Mitchell’s last game of the 2021 NRL season.
Once Top 8 contenders, the St. George-Illawarra Dragons have fallen to where most expected them to be after 25 rounds following their 38-26 loss to the Cowboys.
Blake Taaffe takes over from Latrell Mitchell as Rabbitohs fullback but he won’t see too many reps with the rest of the first-choice Bunnies this week. Adam Reynolds, Dane Gagai and Damien Cook have been rested while Alex Johnston, Cody Walker, Cameron Murray and Jai Arrow have been named in the 21 but are unlikely to play.
Interestingly, Lachlan Ilias will make his NRL debut in Reynolds’ #7 jersey. The Dragons, on the other hand, have named much of the same side that lost their seventh game in a row with Zac Lomax’s injury allowing Gerard Beale to slot into the centres.
It’s a makeshift 17 for the Bunnies this week but still one that boasts a lot of attacking talent. Their pack still looks the superior of the two sides and we’ve seen what Benji Marshall can still do with the ball when his middle forwards lay a platform. While the veteran has been named at #6, expect him to take control of the side to take pressure off Ilias on debut.
There is a good chance Marshall does his best to mirror the movements of Walker as Souths look to get Taaffe up to speed as best they can with Mitchell now out for the year. Without Lomax on the right edge, it’s difficult to imagine the Dragons keeping up with the Rabbitohs in attack. Lomax and Mikaele Ravalawa are striking up a dangerous partnership which the Dragons have come to rely on with the ball. Corey Norman offers next to nothing while Junior Amone is still finding his feet in the NRL.
This is nothing close to the best version of the Rabbitohs, but a lot of these players have featured throughout the year and Marshall can ensure they run much of the same systems. Souths should have too many points in them this week.
06 December 2021