PREVIEW: Rd 8, 2016

Broncos v Rabbitohs

Friday 22 April 2016

7.50pm - NRL Kick Off

Coming off the back of their trip to North Queensland, the South Sydney Rabbitohs will play their second fixture north of the border in season 2016 when they take on the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in Round 8 of the Telstra Premiership on Friday night.

The Rabbitohs will be looking to bounce back from their loss at the hands of the reigning Premiers while maintaining their impressive record against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium – Souths having claimed victory in the past three encounters at the venue.

Despite last week’s loss, the Rabbitohs still managed to post 18 points against the North Queenslanders – the most points scored by a visiting team at 1300 Smiles Stadium in the past six matches at the venue.

Rabbitohs utility, Paul Carter, knows that his team will need to make improvements to their defence as they prepare to take on the in-form Broncos.

“I think it’s quite obvious that we need to work on our defence and those disciplinary areas,” said Carter.

“This weeks is going to be a big test for us, and we’re all looking forward to it.”

On the other side of the spectrum, the Broncos will be full of confidence leading into the clash having secured their third straight victory with an emphatic 53-0 trouncing of the Newcastle Knights.

Maguire’s men currently sit inside the NRLs top eight and have significant belief in their processes and their individual growth.

Rabbitohs centre, Hymel Hunt, is focused on ensuring that he keeps doing what’s expected of him to cement his spot in Michael Maguire’s top 17 for the duration of the season.

“I’m just going to keep on doing my job and doing the best for the team.”

“We’re training hard this week and looking forward to Brisbane. We’re 100 per cent focused on this week and we’re looking forward to putting our best foot forward.”

Spotlight: The Halves

With Rabbitohs playmaker, Adam Reynolds, returning to the side after an extended spell on the sidelines, all eyes will be back on the halfback and pivot, Luke Keary, when they partner for the second time this season. Despite forming a strong playing relationship since Keary came onto the scene in 2013, injuries and suspension have limited the amount of football that the duo has played together in the past two seasons. Reynolds and Keary will be squaring off against the competitions in-form halves combination of Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford, who have played a crucial role in establishing their side as Premiership favourites. The battle between the playmakers will undeniably play a significant role in determining the way in which the match is played, as well as its outcome.

 

NYC

Broncos v Rabbitohs

Friday 22 April 2016

5.10pm - NYC Kick Off

The South Sydney Rabbitohs NYC (Under 20s) team will be looking to build upon their impressive form against the Cowboys when they take on the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in Round 8.

After tasting an agonising 19-18 defeat at the hands of the Newcastle Knights in Round 7, the Brisbane Broncos will be looking to elevate themselves up the table and push for a top eight position, whilst the young Rabbitohs will be focusing on working toward a top four position with some consistent football.

The Rabbitohs impressed with a 34-18 victory over a strong Cowboys outfit that was in third position leading into the clash at 1300 Smiles Stadium.

Look out for Rabbitohs rake, Maia Sands, who has wreaked havoc in the dummy-half position so far this season. The Keebra Park Sports High School product has featured in every game to date and has shone in both attack and defence, scoring a number of tries and providing some great try-saving defence.