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PREVIEW: Rd 23, 2017

Martin Gabor, National Correspondent‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com

Competition - NRL Premiership Round - Round 04 Teams - Canterbury Bulldogs V South Sydney Rabbitohs - 25th of March 2016 Venue - ANZ Stadium, Homebush, Sydney NSW, Photographer - Paul Barkley
Competition - NRL Premiership Round - Round 04 Teams - Canterbury Bulldogs V South Sydney Rabbitohs - 25th of March 2016 Venue - ANZ Stadium, Homebush, Sydney NSW, Photographer - Paul Barkley

This mightn't be one of the blockbusters of the round, but you can always rely on the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs to lift a gear when the traditional rivals square off.  

South Sydney pulled off one of the comebacks of the season to steal an improbable victory over the Dragons last week that snapped a four-game losing streak and saw them shoot up to 11th spot on the Telstra Premiership ladder.

While they won't play finals this year, last week's result will give them a timely boost heading into the final month of the regular season. 

The off-season can't come around soon enough for the Bulldogs who slumped to their third loss on the trot with another uninspiring display against the Eels. Des Hasler's men managed just one try in slippery conditions and remain the worst attacking side in the NRL. 

Surprisingly, Hasler has named the same 17 that went down last week with Chase Stanley retained in the halves and Matt Frawley on the bench. 

It's fairly smooth sailing for the Rabbitohs who have made just the one change with Aaron Gray replacing Hymel Hunt at centre. 

It mightn't have been a factor last week but South Sydney's ability to score from kicks could be a point of difference on Thursday night.

Even when they lost to the Raiders back in Round 21, all three of the Rabbitohs' tries came from the boot so you can expect the Bunnies to go to their strength against a Canterbury side that has conceded more tries (22) from kicks than any other team in the NRL this season.