SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS V MANLY SEA-EAGLES PREDICTION
FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 20 – 7:50 PM
Week 2 of the NRL Finals gets underway on Friday night when Souths and Manly clash in an all or nothing clash.
Souths indifferent form in the second half of the season continued last weekend. After winning three games in the last three rounds, the last of which was an impressive 16-10 win over defending Premiers the Roosters, Souths faced off against their traditional rivals again the following week in the finals. This time the Roosters ran roughshod over the Bunnies, scoring a comfortable 30-6 win, despite neither side playing particularly well in the second half.
Manly overcame a host of issues last week, from the threat they may lose a finals game because of one fan’s aggressive interaction with Storm player Will Chambers, to the threat they may lose a finals game because of asbestos found in the soil at their home venue. They also had injury and suspension issues decimate their forwards. But despite this, they cruised to a 28-16 win over a disappointing and full-strength Cronulla outfit.
Souths won their last match against Manly in Round 17. Both games this year has seen both sides score a win by just 1 point.
Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Alex Johnston 3. James Roberts 4. Dane Gagai 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knight 11. John Sutton 12. Sam Burgess 13. Cameron Murray 14. George Burgess 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Tevita Tatola 17. Ethan Lowe 18. Jaydn Su’A 19. Dean Britt 20. Corey Allan 21. Kyle Turner.
Sea-Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliot 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Corey Waddell 12. Jack Gosiewski 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Manase Fainu 15. Haumole Olakauatu 16. Sean Keppie 17. Lloyd Perrett 18. Lachlan Croker 19. Tevita Funa 20. Toafofoa Sipley 21. Tony Williams.
Milestones: Adam Reynolds needs to score 1 point to reach 1400 for his club and career.
Tevita Tatola will play his 50th club and career game.
James Roberts needs to score 6 points to reach 300 for his career.
MELBOURNE STORM V PARRAMATTA EELS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 21 – 7:50 PM
NRL Finals tips for this game will be tough given Melbourne are Minor Premiers and coming off a heartbreaking loss, while the Eels had a record breaking win last week.
After finishing as minor premiers, Melbourne came into last weekends clash against the Raiders both confident and wary, as the last time those two sides met, Canberra came from 18 points down to snatch a victory in the dying stages of the game, at AAMI Park. Melbourne lead 10-6 with just 4 minutes left in the match, when a dropped ball gifted the Raiders a try, which was converted and a second come-from-behind win over the Storm in Melbourne.
Parramatta had been largely unconvincing in their form all year, however had done enough to clinch 5th place and a home final. Last weekend they pulled out their most complete and thorough performance in many years as they broke a host of records, thrashing Brisbane 58-0. It was the highest ever score and winning margin by a team in any finals match since 1908, as well as Brisbane’s biggest ever losing margin in a game and to cap it off, Brisbane’s 300th Premiership loss.
Melbourne won the last encounter between these sides by an immense 64-10. They’ve won the last 3 games between these two sides.
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Max King 17. Joe Stimson 18. Curtis Scott 19. Tino Faasuamaleaui 20. Tom Eisenhuth 21. Brodie Croft.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Manu Ma’u 13. Nathan Brown 14. Brad Takairangi 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. Tepai Moeroa 17. Marata Niukore 18. Ray Stone 19. Jaeman Salmon 20. Peni Terepo 21. Josh Hoffman.
Milestones: Cameron Smith needs to kick 2 goals to become the first player to reach 100 in Finals history.
Blake Ferguson needs to score 12 points to reach 500 for his career.
Michael Jennings needs to score 3 tries to reach 150 for his career.
Kane Evans will play his 100th career game.
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