NRL Match Previews - Roosters v Rabbitohs (Round 18)

09-07-2010 07:35PM at Sydney Football Stadium

Referee: Gavin Badger and Ashley Klein
Touch Judges: Phil Haines and Russell Turner
Referee: Sean Hampstead

There is more history in this rivalry than any other in the NRL. The Rabbits and the Roosters meet for the 201st time on Friday night and anyone with a sense of rugby league history will appreciate this but anyone in a tipping comp will not. The Roosters finally play a home game after 3 away games in Melbourne, Christchurch and Canberra respectively. Impressive that this young team was able to win 2 of the three and very unlucky not to have made it 3.

Will they be fatigued? Perhaps but the real question in this match will be answered by Beau Falloon who replaces the injured South's superstar Isaac Luke. Luke has been a major contributor this year and possibly the reason South Sydney currently sit 5th on the ladder. If Falloon can make the transition seamlessly and the Rabbitohs play close to their potential, they win. We think they enjoy the two weeks rest and dominate through the forwards.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Sam Burgess
My Tip: Rabbitohs 24-20

The Teams

  Sydney Roosters               South Sydney Rabbitohs 
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A. Cherrington
T. Symonds
M. Kennedy
M. Pearce
1. Anthony MinichielloFullback1. Rhys Wesser
2. Phil GrahamWing2. Nathan Merritt
3. Kane LinnettCentre3. Beau Champion
4. Shaun Kenny-DowallCentre4. Colin Best
5. Sam PerrettWing5. Fetuli Talanoa
6. Todd CarneyFive Eighth6. John Sutton
7. Mitchell PearceHalfback7. Chris Sandow
8. Jason RylesProp8. Luke Stuart
9. Jake FriendHooker9. Beau Falloon
10. Nate MylesProp10. Roy Asotasi
11. Frank-Paul NuuausalaSecond Row11. Sam Burgess
12. Mitchell AubussonSecond Row12. Dave Taylor
13. Braith AnastaLock13. Ben Lowe
14. Martin KennedyInterchange14. Garrett Crossman
15. Jared Waerea-HargreavesInterchange15. Eddy Pettybourne
16. Mose MasoeInterchange16. Dave Tyrell
17. Nick KouparitsasInterchange17. Jason Clark
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B. Ross

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 1 ANZ Stadium Sydney Roosters 36-10
2009 Round 20 ANZ Stadium, Homebush Bay South Sydney Rabbitohs 40-20
2009 Round 1 Sydney Football Stadium South Sydney Rabbitohs 52-12
2008 Round 25 Sydney Football Stadium Sydney Roosters 22-20
2008 Round 1 ANZ Stadium, Homebush Sydney Roosters 34-20

LeagueUnlimited Tipsters - Courtesy of

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