NRL & NYC Preview - Rd 14, 2014

Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers

ANZ Stadium

Friday 7:40pm

Strap yourself in and get ready for these two teams to go at it again in round 14. A rough and tumble clash in round three that saw the Rabbitohs go down to the Tigers 25-16 was a flattering score-line for the men in red and green, but after stringing three wins together in recent weeks, one gets the impression that this is not the same South Sydney side – in more ways than one.

To begin with, this is a South Sydney side missing Origin players through Origin and injury the ilk of Greg Inglis, Chris McQueen, Ben Te’o and Dylan Walker – a significant batch of attacking and defensive strike power. The Tigers too will be without the services of Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods through Origin.

But if the Rabbitohs’ victory over the New Zealand Warriors in Perth last week is anything to go by, the loss of these players won’t have the slightest bearing. With key players dropping across the pitch with injury like flies – including Inglis, Walker, George Burgess, Bryson Goodwin to name a few, it was left to those who remained to rally and pick up the pieces. And rally they did, defeating a Warriors side in body and mind to take home the two points.

“It was one of those games where the boys just came together and it’s just good to see that character being built here at Souths,” said Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire.

“We’re growing as a team, and they’re telling factors of how we’re coming together as team. I had a number of players who were down and out at stages through the game.

“I had one player with a broken hand that played for 20 minutes and still continually tried to make tackles in the back end of the game in Dylan Walker. It’s great to see that character in the team.”

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The Rabbitohs will be going in search of their fourth straight victory this Friday against a side that George Burgess has cited as a talented outfit.

“The talent in there with young Brooks and young Tedesco, and the older heads with Anasta and Farah – they’ll be one of the big teams this year so we’ve got to look out for them this Friday night.”

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The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium this Friday 13th June at ANZ Stadium in Round 14 of the Premiership.

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Last Time They Met

The South Sydney Rabbitohs went down to the Wests Tigers by 25-16 in round three of the Telstra Premiership at ANZ Stadium in front of 20,061 Members and supporters earlier this year.

The Rabbitohs lost Greg Inglis early in a brutal encounter plagued by poor ball-control ill-discipline, sin-binnings and a handful of players placed on report on both sides – the Rabbitohs struggling to find their rhythm against a Tigers outfit keen to make a statement.

With two minutes gone, the Rabbitohs got the first penalty to give them attacking position 31 metres out from the line – and it paid dividends immediately. A short pass from John Sutton to Ben Lowe opened up a gaping hole in the Tigers’ defence for Lowe to race the remaining 12 metres to open the scoring for the red and greens. Reynolds converted to make it 6-0 in Souths’ favour.

Pat Richards’ towering kick-off saw Greg Inglis have to race to get under the pill. With Inglis getting in low to make the catch, Tim Simona collected the Rabbitohs fullback high with a shoulder to the head. Inglis left the field causing a shift in positions. Kyle Turner came on as a replacement for his first grade debut while Nathan Merritt reverted to fullback.

Despite getting a penalty for the incident, it was the Tigers who looked to score through Keith Galloway. But the big prop lost control of the ball as he attempted to plant the ball down.

An awkward tackle on George Burgess saw big brother Sam take exception, a penalty going the way of the Tigers as a result – the fiery opening to the match continuing.

On the back of a number of repeat sets thanks to a string of penalty’s and drop balls on the Rabbitohs line, the Tigers’ Luke Brooks sent Bodene Thompson over from short-range to make it 6-4 in favour of Souths.

After a torrid mid-section of the half, Tim Simona was in for the Tigers after Braith Anasta hoisted a towering bomb. The kicks ensuing contest cast considerable doubt over the try, but video refs Jared Maxwell and Andrew Dunemann were happy to give the four-pointer. Pat Richards converted from the sideline to give the Tigers the lead 10-6.

Wests rode the momentum immediately when Pat Richards finished off a sleek backline movement to seemingly score out wide. The video ref disagreed, but the Tigers got a penalty as a result of Ben Lowe’s effort to stop the try was deemed to be too high. But Tim Simona made no mistake a minute later when he crossed for his second of the night on the back of the penalty. Anasta missed the conversion leaving the Tigers leading 14-6 to round out a brutal first half.

The second half started poorly for Souths with the Tigers’ Pat Richards taking advantage of the smallest of overlaps to score right on the touchline. The winger failed to convert his own try, leaving the scores at 18-6 mere minutes into the second half.

The Rabbitohs looked to score through Adam Reynolds, but the video referee called a knock on earlier in the play.

But the Tigers were in again shortly after through James Tedesco, who picked up a well-placed grubber kick from Luke Brooks to score. Pat Richards converted to extend the Tigers’ lead to 24-6 with 26 minutes remaining.

The Tigers’ Braith Anasta looked to seal the win early with 18 minutes left with a field goal to bring the score to 25-6.

With the match raining high tackles, a general caution from the referee warning; ‘next player’s off’ eventually resulted in Luke Burgess being sin-binned for just that.

A forty-twenty to Adam Reynolds briefly gave the Rabbitohs a look at the Tigers side of half-way, and Joel Reddy finally went over for the Rabbitohs in the corner with three minutes remaining. Reynolds missed the conversion leaving the score at 25-10.

Luke Brooks was also sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul after another Reynolds forty-twenty with Reddy again going through to score off the back of a well-timed Reynolds pass to make it 25-16.

Keys to Victory

Discipline let down the Rabbitohs in round three, with the side giving away a myriad of penalties as well as consistently failing to complete sets. But if recent weeks have shown anything, it’s that the Rabbitohs can remain composed under mounting pressure.

Despite missing the all-important Robbie Farah, the Tigers boast plenty of strike power that the Rabbitohs will need to be on the look-out for in the form of James Tedesco and Luke Brooks. Plenty of pressure on Brooks throughout the match, as well as a keen eye for Tedesco at the back will be key to smothering the Tigers’ chances of victory.

 

Matchups 

NYC

Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers

ANZ Stadium

Friday 5:30pm

The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NYC side made it four wins in five matches with a close, but impressive victory over the much-fancied New Zealand Warriors last week at Redfern Oval. The effort will need to be repeated though this Friday when the side takes on the sixth placed Tigers at ANZ Stadium.

The Tigers have conceded less points than the Rabbitohs in 2014, as well as having scored more, but one gets the impression that Ben Gardiner’s South Sydney side got plenty of confidence out of their win over the Warriors last week.

Brilliant efforts up front from forwards such as Cheyne Whitelaw and PJ Los’e – both of whom bagged four-pointers last week, have laid the platform for the Rabbitohs in recent weeks, allowing players like Wallace Tangiiti, Devon Makoare-Boyce and Irae Simone to come to the fore and take control of matches.

Expect a tight encounter against the Tigers this Friday night at 5.30pm as the two teams fight it out – the Rabbitohs for a possible spot in the top eight, the Tigers to continue to biild on their their spot within it.

 

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium this Friday 13th June at ANZ Stadium in Round 14 of the Premiership.

SPECIAL TICKET OFFER: Adults from $20, juniors from $10 and family passes for $40! Get your tickets now!

How to purchase tickets:

Online: click here 
Phone: 132 849
In Person: click here