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2017 NRL Trial - CHARITY SHIELD - St George Illawarra Dragons v South Sydney Rabbitohs Sunday 19th of February 2017. at ANZ Stadium Homebush.
Pic - Grant Trouville © NRL Photos

One team is playing for a finals berth while the other is simply playing for pride, but either way you look at it, the Dragons and Rabbitohs will be desperate for the two competition points when they go head-to-head at the SCG on Friday night. 

There's something about the SCG that brings out the best in the Rabbitohs. While they did lose to the Dragons in the corresponding fixture last season the Rabbitohs had won their previous five matches at the venue before that fateful Sunday afternoon.

The aggregate score in those five wins was 146-50 which included a couple of big wins over the Red V in 2014 and 2015. It might be an away game but they'll have plenty of support.

The Dragons lead the league with 262 offloads this season – including 38 in the past fortnight – while they have also allowed the fewest offloads (170). Interestingly, the Rabbitohs are next best, having given up 171 offloads, although the Raiders managed to promote the ball 12 times against them last week.

It's an area they'll need to clean up given the Dragons make more metres than any other team and don't need to be given any leg-ups on the back of offloads. 

After putting 52 points past the Sea Eagles in Round 20, most people tipped the Red V to do something similar against the last-placed Knights. Instead, they produced 15 errors and were out-enthused by a Newcastle side that seemingly had little to play for yet put in one of their most stoic performances of 2017.

The Dragons remain in the eight despite the loss but are now only above the ninth-placed Panthers on points differential.  

It was an equally disappointing weekend for the Rabbitohs who slumped to their fourth-straight loss with an uninspiring 32-18 defeat at the hands of the Raiders. 

Their cause wasn't helped by a high shot on Adam Reynolds, while Angus Crichton was also sent to the sin bin for a professional foul. 

Reynolds, Crichtonand Sam Burgess have all been named as Souths hope to spoil the party on Friday evening. 

The Dragons have named an unchanged line-up while Zane Musgrove starts at prop for the Bunnies in place of Dave Tyrrell. 

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