Bet of the Day September 27 - Raiders to advance to NRL Grand Final

Cody Walker of the Rabbitohs (centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring a try (PA Images)

The NRL Preliminary Final between the Canberra Raiders and South Sydney Rabbitohs features Bettingpro.com.au’s bet of the day for Friday, September 27.

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs - Friday, September 27


It’s been a tremendous season for the Canberra Raiders - one deserving of a chance to play for the premiership - and they will be fresh and raring to go after earning a week off after their brilliant win away to Melbourne in week one of the finals.

That was their second victory over the Storm at AAMI Park in the space of two months, which highlights their premiership credentials. Ricky Stuart has improved his team’s defence significantly and he will reinforce that mindset into his troops coming into the biggest game of most of their careers.

Joey Leilua returns to the starting side this week, with Bailey Simonsson dropping back to the bench, while Nick Cotric has been named to play despite suffering a bad cut to his face against Melbourne.

Meanwhile, the Rabbitohs will be aiming to return to their first Grand Final since their drought-breaking premiership triumph over the Bulldogs in 2014.

However, Souths will need considerable improvement from their first two finals games if they are to ambush Canberra on Friday night.

The Rabbitohs have conceded 56 points in their final’s fixtures against the Roosters and Manly, and if they don’t tighten up at the back, things could get ugly for Wayne Bennett’s men. Souths have named the same 17 players that got the job done against Manly.

Souths were somewhat lucky to escape with victory, with Jake Trbojevic’s sin-binning in the last 15 minutes helping them significantly. I don’t think the Rabbitohs have been at their best since the Origin period, and it will be a big ask for them to step it up now. Canberra have been building to this moment all season and I expect them to lift and come away with the win and a spot in the Grand Final.


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Bet of the Day September 27 - Raiders to advance to NRL Grand Final

The NRL Preliminary Final between the Canberra Raiders and South Sydney Rabbitohs features Bettingpro.com.au’s bet of the day for Friday, September 27.

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