South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Rabbitohs could drop out of top four with a loss

Andrew Hendrie 8 Aug 2019
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs meet Melbourne Storm in Round 21 of the NRL on Sunday
  • Storm have won six of their last seven encounters
Souths face Storm on Sunday (PA Images)

Can South Sydney Rabbitohs score a statement victory over competition leaders Melbourne Storm as the two sides square off in a top four blockbuster to close out Round 21 action on Sunday?

Rabbitohs vs Storm kicks off at 4.00pm AEST at Central Coast Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Channel 9 in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Following on from the big Raiders vs Roosters showdown in the nation’s capital, the Storm and Rabbitohs head to Gosford for the second top four clash of the day to conclude the weekend’s action.

Souths will be determined to produce a big performance in this one after leaking six tries and falling from second to fourth on the ladder courtesy of a 39-24 loss to the Sharks last week.

While the Rabbitohs are still chasing a top two finish, they also must be keeping an eye out for the rampaging Sea Eagles, who could overtake them in fourth if they go down to Melbourne and Manly beat the Warriors on Friday night.

It makes this encounter more of a must-win for the Rabbitohs than their opponents, who are flying high at the top of the ladder and seemingly bound for the minor premiership.

Melbourne absolutely demolished Brisbane by a 40-4 scoreline last week, but it easily could have been 60+ if the Storm took all of their chances. That’s a frightening prospect when you consider Melbourne are posting these sorts of wins without playing at their peak.

The victory maintained Melbourne’s six-point lead at the top of the ladder, and barring a catastrophic collapse, they will be lifting the minor premiership in a few weeks time.

Craig Bellamy has been forced into one change, with Christian Welch suffering a season-ending knee injury. Tui Kamikamica comes into the 17 as a result, while Sam Burgess is free to play for Souths after avoiding suspension for a high tackle last week.

Melbourne have won six of their last seven against Souths, and it’s impossible to tip against them at the moment. They are on the up, despite that one-point loss to Manly a fortnight ago, while the Rabbitohs have been up and down for the last couple of months.

Match Odds


Melbourne Storm - $1.48
South Sydney Rabbitohs - $2.65

Stats


  • Storm have won six of their last seven meetings
  • This is their first clash in 2019
  • Four of those Melbourne wins were by eight points or less

Teams


Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. John Sutton 12. Sam Burgess 13. Cameron Murray. Interchange: 14. Liam Knight 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Ethan Lowe 17. Kyle Turner. Reserves: 18. Dean Britt 19. Corey Allan 20. Jaydn Su’A 21. Connor Tracey

Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Joe Stimson 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen. Reserves: 18. Solomone Kata 19. Max King 20. Tino Faasuamaleaui 21. Sandor Earl

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