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South Sydney Rabbitohs v Melbourne Storm
Sunday, 6.30pm (AEST)
Souths bounced back for a solid 28-8 win over Wests Tigers after a poor run of form but will face more resilient opposition in Bellamy's side.
It's also a final opportunity for both sides to stamp their representative credentials in a final Origin audition before next week’s selections.
The Rabbitohs will take plenty of confidence after a comprehensive 28-8 win over Wests Tigers. In an 80-minute performance, it was Robbie Farah's finest game since moving to Redfern. With speculation Peter Wallace will be selected for the NSW Blues, it’s Farah's last opportunity to prove himself in a vital showdown with his opposite number and Queensland rival Cameron Smith.
Sam Burgess also enjoyed a strong showing and will keen to continue his hot streak of recent form.
In their last meeting in Round 22, 2016 at AAMI Park, the Rabbitohs pushed the Storm to the limit. They led 14-12 in Melbourne before Smith slotted a last-play penalty goal to send the game into overtime for the Storm to escape 15-14.
Souths are 2-2 in their past four matches and will be looking to take advantage of a Melbourne side who has experienced off-field distractions. They will also be missing inspirational leader Jesse Bromwich who will be serving the second of his club-imposed two-game suspension.
Despite conceding 38 points against the Titans, Melbourne were unlucky not to escape with the victory. While they maintain the NRL's stingiest defence, their attack continues to improve as the Storm's backline trio of Billy Slater, Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr starts to click with further time together on the field.
After scoring just two points against the Cronulla Sharks in their 11-2 loss in Round 6, the Storm have scored 120 points in their past four games (30 per points per game). Slater is also rediscovering his famous combination with Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk, with the trio connecting to wind back the clock for several iconic highlights with Slater finding open space leading to a number of tries.
With key players taking part in this year's Origin series, it's imperative the Storm take advantage of their full complement and capitalise on securing victory over South Sydney. The lure of Origin debuts will strongly motivate the likes of Jordan McLean, Dale Finucane, Tim Glasby and Felise Kaufusi for a big performance.