NRL Round 18 Fixtures and Tips - Rabbitohs aim to remain in top spot

Andrew Hendrie 9 Jul 2018
  • NRL Round 18 fixtures and preview
  • Rabbitohs and Dragons jostling for top spot on the ladder
Rabbitohs face Bulldogs on Saturday

South Sydney Rabbitohs attempt to hold onto their new-found spot at the top of the ladder when they take on the struggling Canterbury Bulldogs in Round 18 of the NRL on Saturday at ANZ Stadium.

After a slow start to the season, the Rabbitohs have been in electric form over the last couple of months, surging to the top of the competition table heading into Round 18 - and their run can be traced back to a last minute escape against the Bulldogs on Good Friday. With Canterbury blowing a 14-minute lead with five minutes to go against the Raiders last week to fall to 15th, the Rabbitohs will be confident of doing the double over the Dogs and remaining in top spot.

Round 18 kicks off Panthers Stadium on Friday night as Penrith play host to the Cronulla Sharks. The Panthers registered a huge 36-4 win over the Warriors last week despite missing their Origin stars and will take that confidence into this meeting with the Sharks, who had the bye last week.

Two of the NRL’s battlers then square off in the second game on Friday night as the Newcastle Knights take on the Parramatta Eels. It’s been a poor season for both teams, with the Eels currently dead last and the Knights barely winning games since Mitchell Pearce suffered his season-ending pectoral injury.

Old rivals Manly Sea Eagles and Melbourne Storm launch Super Saturday day at Lottoland. The Sea Eagles have also endured a season to forget, while Melbourne’s title defence remains as strong as ever following their 52-30 triumph over the Dragons last week.

Confident after their houdini act against the Bulldogs last week, the Canberra Raiders look to keep their slim top eight chances alive when they face the North Queensland Cowboys at GIO Stadium. The Cowboys are also out of the finals race after a disappointing campaign, while the Raiders basically need to keep winning to have any chance of making the eight.

The first of three games on Sunday pits the Brisbane Broncos up against the New Zealand Warriors. The Broncos were outstanding minus their Origin stars as they hammered Gold Coast 34-0 last week, while the Warriors were on the receiving end of a similar scoreline as they dished out their worst display of 2018 against Penrith.

St George Illawarra Dragons will be hoping to reclaim the competition lead from Souths when they do battle with the free-falling Wests Tigers at Jubilee Oval. The Tigers have gone from top four hopefuls to pretty much having no hope of making the top eight in the space of two months, while the Dragons will be determined to bounce back from leaking 50 points to Melbourne last week.

Round 18 concludes at Cbus Super Stadium as the Gold Coast Titans clash with the Sydney Roosters. The Titans’ finals hopes are all but over following their nightmare showing against Brisbane, while the Roosters are continuing their late-season push towards the top four.

NRL Round 18 Fixtures


Friday July 13

Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks
Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels

Saturday July 14

Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
Manly Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm
Canberra Raiders vs North Queensland Cowboys

Sunday July 15

Brisbane Broncos vs New Zealand Warriors
St George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers
Gold Coast Titans vs Sydney Roosters


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NRL Round 18 Fixtures and Tips - Rabbitohs aim to remain in top spot

South Sydney Rabbitohs attempt to hold onto their new-found spot at the top of the ladder when they take on the struggling Canterbury Bulldogs in Round 18 of the NRL on Saturday at ANZ Stadium.

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