CANBERRA RAIDERS V SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 27 – 7:50 PM
Week 3 of the NRL Finals gets underway on Friday night when the rested Canberra side takes on a battling Souths outfit to determine one Grand Finalist.
Souths have still yet to produce a commanding or dominant effort, but are still getting the job done. The Bunnies won their last 3 regular season games to finish third. They were very poor as they went down to the Roosters in week 1 of the finals. Last weekend they scored a late try on halftime to sneak into the lead against Manly. The lead changed a few times, but a late sin-binning to Jake Trbojevic gave Souths the advantage and they were good enough to make use of it, scoring two converted tries and kicking a penalty goal to win 34-26.
The Raiders had a tough run home before the finals, but they made a good fist of things. They lost to the Roosters by 4, came from behind to beat the Storm by 4 in Melbourne, lost to Manly by 4, beat the Sharks in golden point by 1 before their understrength side went down to the Warriors by 4. They came up against Melbourne in Melbourne in the first week of the finals and just as they did a few weeks prior, came from behind to win courtesy of a late try.
Souths won their last match against Canberra in Round 10, down in Canberra. Canberra have lost their last 3 home games this year.
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joey Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Iosia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Bailey Simonsson 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Emre Guler 18. Sam Williams 19. Ryan Sutton 20. Siliva Havili 21. JJ Collins.
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.
Milestones: Elliott Whitehead will play his 100th club game.
George Burgess will play his 150th club and career game.
Damien Cook will play his 100th career game.
James Roberts needs to score 6 points to reach 300 for his career.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS V MELBOURNE STORM PREDICTION
SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 28 – 7:50 PM
NRL Finals tips for this game will be very hard to make. A replay of the 2018 Grand Final, with the winner of this match advancing to the Grand Final and will likely be the favourite.
After finishing as minor premiers, Melbourne came into last weekends on the back of a second loss at home to Canberra in 5 weeks. They were against an Eels side brimming with confidence after their record breaking 58-0 win over the Broncos in Week 1 of the finals. The Storm though had a point to prove and they strangled the life out of the Eels attack, before going on to score a resounding 32-0 victory.
The defending Premiers Sydney Roosters earnt themselves a week off after strolled through Souths in week 1 of the finals, with a 30-6 win. Neither side played overly well. The Roosters took advantage of a lot of their opportunities in the first half to lead 26-0. Each side scored a try apiece in the second half. The Roosters know they can win ugly, which is something they may well have to do this weekend against the minor premiers Melbourne.
Melbourne won the last encounter between these sides 14-12 at Adelaide in Round 15. 5 of the last 6 clashes between these sides have been decided by 3 points or less. The 2018 Grand Final is the only recent game with a wider margin, where the Roosters won by 15.
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: Kenneath Bromwich will play his 150th club and career game.
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