Rabbitohs v Warriors
Saturday 7 June 2014
Kick-off 7:30pm

Two points is all that’s in it. The Rabbitohs may be sitting in fourth on the competition ladder, but the New Zealand Warriors are just two points behind – in twelfth. That’s just how close season 2014 is. And if last year’s clash in Perth is any indication, then Saturday night’s clash at the same venue should be another for the ages.

The Rabbitohs have named their best available side – including Issac Luke, who successfully returned from a shoulder injury on Monday night to help steer his Rabbitohs to victory, while the Warriors have named an identical side to the one that comprehensively smashed the Newcastle Knights 38-18 in New Zealand last week.

To see Michael Maguire’s line-up for round 13, please click here.

Luke is looking forward to playing in Perth and taking on his mates in the New Zealand Warriors outfit.

Having played alongside many of his countrymen for the Kiwis in his 29 Tests in the black and white, Saturday night’s match has a little bit of extra feeling for the New Zealander.

“I can’t wait to play against the boys,” laughed Issac.

“I’m really close with a few of them. Ben Matulino’s my best mate so we’ve been texting a bit.

“It’ll be good to get out and obviously do the 80 minutes and be able to catch up with them afterwards.”

Luke also urged Rabbitohs Members and supporters to head out to nib Stadium on Saturday night to create an atmosphere that will rival last year’s sell-out crowd that included plenty of Kiwis.

To watch Issac’s full interview, please click here.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the New Zealand Warriors this Saturday 7 June in round 13 at Perth’s nib Stadium – the Rabbitohs’ Western Australian home. To purchase tickets, please click here.

Last Time They Met

The Rabbitohs made it five in a row in Perth in round 17 of 2013 with a hard fought 30-13 victory in front of a ground record 20,221 Members and fans, keeping a dangerous Warriors side scoreless in the second half.

The Warriors burst out of the blocks early with some strong charges from Konrad Hurrell and elusive running from Shaun Johnson. But the Rabbitohs managed to get on the front foot with a break from Sam Burgess close to the line.

Adam Reynolds took advantage of the break, chipping for the corner for Andrew Everingham to open the scoring in just the sixth minute. Reynolds converted for Souths to take an early six nil lead.

The Warriors’ Simon Mannering took a perfectly timed pass from Shaun Johnson to even up the scores at six points apiece after 28 minutes.

Just minutes later, Konrad Hurrell bumped off Bryson Goodwin to run in for a four-pointer. Johnson added the extras before dropping a field goal to take the teams into the sheds with the Warriors leading 13-6.

The Rabbitohs went back on the attack though, with George Burgess and Issac Luke both denied from close range in the same set, before Adam Reynolds chipped for the line for John Sutton who finally got the men in red and green back on the board. Reynolds added the extras to put Souths just a point behind.

After a torrid period of football, it was Perth product Bryson Goodwin who finally stole the lead back for the Rabbitohs with the Souths centre putting a well-weighted grubber in for himself before regathering to score with 12 minutes remaining. Adam Reynolds made no mistake with the conversion for the home-side to lead 18-13.

But Goodwin wasn’t done, scooping up a Warriors loose ball before racing 65 metres to score with just under five minutes of play remaining.

One last try inside the final minute of play to Chris McQueen rounded off the Rabbitohs’ hard fought win, finishing up at 30-13.

To watch all the highlights, please click here.

Keys to Victory

It’s all about the forward packs this week. With the likes of Burgess taking on Mannering, Te’o against Mutulino, and Luke against Nathan Friend, the battle up front will almost certainly decide the fate of this match.

They’re all big, they’re all agile, and they’ve all got points to prove. Expect them to fight for every inch, and expect the intensity to continue to rise throughout the match.

But at the back of both teams are two players could potentially be holding the aces for their respective sides. Greg Inglis will take on English fullback Sam Tomkins in what promises to be one of spectacles of the season, as one of the Super League’s best comes up against one of the NRL’s best.

There’s plenty of metres to be gained from the back, and these two are the ones to do it. Both incredibly gifted, and safe as a Swiss bank under the high ball, they will no doubt serve to lay a positive foundation for their team’s sets, before injecting themselves into the attacking line at will for maximum effect.

Key Matchups

 

NYC - Rabbitohs v Warriors
Saturday 7 June 2014
Redfern Oval - Kick-off 2pm

Rugby league returns to Redfern Oval this Saturday for afternoon football in the form of the Rabbitohs’ under 20’s squad taking on the New Zealand Warriors.

Just like in first grade, only two points separate both the Rabbitohs and Warriors, with the South Sydney side currently sitting in ninth position, while the Warriors are in seventh.

While the Rabbitohs come into the round off a loss against the Dragons, it was a much-improved Rabbitohs outfit that went down to the Saints in a see-sawing affair at ANZ Stadium, but one that was significantly closer than the side’s round five loss to the Dragons at the SCG.

The Warriors on the other hand come into round 13 having won their last two matches, and with a traditionally large group of players, the Rabbitohs could be under the weather early as the New Zealand forwards test the Rabbitohs across the park.

Kick-off is at 2pm at Redfern Oval. Get out to the ground and throw your support behind the Rabbitohs’ stars of the future as they play at the Club’s spiritual home.