Attacking Lynchpins Set To Meet

Both the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canberra Raiders boast the best attack in the competition, so here are the statistics that matter heading into the all-important clash when we travel to the nation's capital.

The thermometer may read as low as 2 degrees, but with these two sides coming against each other, it's bound to be an absolute scorcher.

Points Aplenty

Both sides have scored the most points in the competition after 23 rounds, with the Raiders (523) just edging the Rabbitohs (519).

But when it comes to try-scoring, the Red and Green have the lead with 88 to Canberra's 87. 

With barely anything separating the sides, this really could turn out to be a close contest. 

Breaking Open The Opposition

For Linebreaks and Linebreak Assists, the Rabbitohs have the number over the Raiders.

Souths have more Linebreaks (114 to 106) and Try Assists (66 to 60) than Canberra, but the biggest difference comes in Line Break Assists, with the Rabbitohs putting on a whopping 30 more (81 compared to the Raiders' 51).

Team Effort

For the Cardinal and Myrtle, Junior Tatola (22 games) and Mark Nicholls (12 games) are the only two players who have played in more than 10 matches and haven't scored a try yet. 

That means 80% of the players who have taken the field for the Rabbitohs this season have scored tries, or 20 out of 25 of the top squad. 

It's also interesting to note that in our last meeting with the Raiders in Round 7, six different players scored tries, with Alex Johnston, Cody Walker, Robert Jennings (2), Greg Inglis, Richie Kennar and Jason Clark bagging meat pies.

Talk about a team effort.

Individual Efforts

There have been plenty of standout individual efforts across all attacking departments for the Rabbitohs this season.

The man with the golden boot, Adam Reynolds, is currently the fifth highest point scorer (161) and goal scorer (74) in the competition. He is also third in kick metres (6842) and has kicked 240 times, the third most in the NRL. 

For the speedsters, Robert Jennings is equal third in the try-scoring charts with 17 tries in 17 appearances, while his inside men Alex Johnston and Cody Walker have 14 Linebreak Assists each (Equal third).

Let's not forget the returning Greg Inglis' impeccable try-scoring record against Canberra, with 18 tries in 18 appearances, including 7 tries in his last 8 against the Raiders. 

With plenty of strike across the park, the Raiders better watch their back for a Rabbitohs rout. 

Danger Men

If there's one man Souths need to keep an eye on, it's youngster Nick Cotric.

The 19-year-old winger has been a shining light for the Raiders, scoring 11 tries, making 139 tackle breaks (second in the competition) and managing 18 linebreaks (third in the competition) while averaging 110 metres per game.

For the Rabbitohs, Cody Walker has been an attacking lynchpin all season, with the mercurial five-eighth putting on the already aforementioned 14 Linebreak Assists and 16 Linebreaks, going hand in hand with 10 tries and 11 Try Assists. 

The effort from both men will go a long way in deciding the final result. 

Can't Forget Defence

With so much emphasis on attack, the defensive aspects of both sides also need to be mentioned. 

Our opponents this week have missed the fifth most tackles (732) and have conceded the most penalties (209) so far this season. They've also conceded more than 100 points than the Rabbitohs, with 508 points compared to our 403.

This means the Red and Green boast the 5th best defence, compared to the Raiders who sit in 13th when it comes to conceding.

Scoring points is one thing, but having the ability to concede as few as possible will go a long way into seeing who gets the competition points.  

 

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