Rabbitohs v Eels
Friday 17 June
The Rabbitohs v Eels rivalry re-ignites this Friday night at ANZ Stadium, as the men in Red and Green look to bounce back from their Round 14 loss.
For the Rabbitohs, the absence of Adam Reynolds (NSW) and Greg Inglis's (QLD) means Cody Walker and Luke Keary will be the side's new halves partnership. Alex Johnston shifts to fullback, Aaron Gray to the wing and Siosifa Talakai to the centres, while Damien Cook comes onto the bench.
Kyle Turner will start in the back row in Bryson Goodwin's (arm) absence with Jack Gosiewski also joining the Rabbitohs' 17.
The Eels will be without the services of centre, Michael Jennings, (NSW), with Vai Toutai set to come into the side as a replacement.
Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, knows that his men have plenty of improvement left in them as they head into this week’s clash.
“There’s plenty of things that we’ve looked at within our game and the boys have put a lot of work in,” said Maguire.
“It’s just being able to get that out on the park between the 80 minutes now. I can’t fault the boys, they’ve been fantastic at training and obviously the effort that they’re showing in games.
“But we’ve got to get a more focussed concentration about the things that we’re doing on the park.”
Despite having downed the Eels recently in Round 10 of the Premiership, Maguire said that he and his team will take little things out of the encounter, citing that Round 15 is a new game.
“You go back and look at certain things, but it’s a new game now,” said Maguire.
“We’re continually tinkering with a few different things to try and fine-tune obviously where we’ve been as a group.”
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Parramatta Eels this Friday night at ANZ Stadium. Purchase your tickets now!
Spotlight – Luke Keary
Luke Keary will re-ignite his early-season halves combination with Cody Walker against the Eels on Friday, and the play-maker is feeling confident following his week off through injury.
“I probably maybe could have played if it was a Saturday or a Sunday game,” said Keary this week.
“But I just didn’t pull up right for the Friday night, so had a week off. We’ll tinker around the halves there and come up with something on Friday.
“You want to perform every time you play – it’s no different this week.”
Before injuring his ankle, Keary provided much to Michael Maguire’s side in the form of spark – creating a number of opportunities while also scoring some crucial four-pointers.
Rabbitohs v Eels
Friday 17 June
The David Penna-coached Rabbitohs under 20s side will take on the Parramatta Eels this Friday in the curtain-raiser to first grade, as they go in search of their fifth win for season 2016.
Despite some promising signs in Round 14, the men in Red and Green would go down to the fourth-placed Tigers by 40-14. And the task doesn’t get any easier this week against the third-placed Eels.
Boasting one of the best defences in the NYC competition – having only conceded 282 points all year – points could be hard to come by for the Rabbitohs. But with the fresh halves pairing of Chad O’Donnell and Christian Wakeham in place for the match, the Rabbitohs could be about to show a new dimension in attack.
Look to the halves pairing to provide a point of difference during the course of this match.