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NRL Round 5 Preview - Rabbitohs v Knights
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Melbourne Storm
Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford, Saturday 10 April 2010, kickoff 5:30pm
The much talked about Rabbitohs forward pack has found some form and this will make for good viewing. Even more interesting about this match is the fact that the Knights forwards won't be the pushovers that the Bulldogs pack was last week. It will be tough going in the middle for both teams and once again, the winner of the ruck will find more space for their backs; particularly in this game with 4 very talented halves on display.
South Sydney seems to be hitting their stride and will also be hitting harder to come away with the win. Isaac Luke will be the difference as his creativity will add to the 'home' side's attack. Look for Ben Lowe to continue his impressive form of late and for the collisions between Ben Cross and the entire Souths pack to shake the very foundations of Bluetongue Stadium. For fans attending this game, also keep an eye out for John Singleton v Russel Crowe in the members bar.
Man of the Match Prediction: Sam Burgess
Tip: South Sydney 26-22
Rabbitohs: 1. Rhys Wesser 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Colin Best 4. Beau Champion 5. Fetuli Talanoa 6. John Sutton 7. Chris Sandow 8. Luke Stuart 9. Issac Luke 10. Roy Asotasi (c) 11. Sam Burgess 12. David Taylor 13. Ben Lowe
Interchange: 14. Scott Geddes 15. Shannan McPherson 16. Garret Crossman 17. Jason Clark; Reserves: 18. Michael Crocker
Knights: 1. Shannon McDonnell 2. Akuila Uate 3. Junior Sa'u 4. Adam MacDougall 5. Cooper Vuna 6. Jarrod Mullen 7. Scott Dureau 8. Ben Cross 9. Isaac De Gois 10. Evarn Tuimavave 11. Steve Simpson (c) 12. Cory Paterson 13. Mark Taufua
Interchange: 14. Matt Hilder 15. Daniel Tolar 16. Richie Fa'aoso 17. Wes Naiqama; Reserves: 18. Cameron Ciraldo
Referees: Steve Lyons & Phil Haines; Sideline Officials: Daniel Eastwood & Ricky McFarlane; Video Referee: Russell Smith