St George Illawarra Dragons vs South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Souths target third straight win over Dragons

Andrew Hendrie 19 Mar 2019
  • St George Illawarra Dragons host South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 2 of the NRL on Thursday
  • Souths have won three of their last four meetings
Dragons face Rabbitohs on Thursday

South Sydney Rabbitohs look to make it two wins from two to start the 2019 NRL season when they take on the St. George Illawarra Dragons in Round 2 action on Thursday night.

Dragons vs Rabbitohs kicks off at 7.50pm AEST at Jubilee Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Channel 9 in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


After making an enormous statement of intent with their opening round win over minor premiers the Roosters, can South Sydney back it up with another dispatch of a rival team in the shape of St George Illawarra on Thursday night to launch Round 2 action?

Souths were extremely impressive in their first match under the tutelage of Wayne Bennett, overcoming tricky and wet conditions to produce some free-flowing football in their 26-16 victory over the Roosters.

Alex Johnston was electric at fullback as he recaptured some of his best form, while Adam Reynolds’ kicking game consistently put the Roosters on the back foot.

If the Rabbitohs’ forwards, led by Sam Burgess, can dominate through the middle of the park again, then that will go a long way to securing another two points, because the Dragons are already depleted in that area after just one round.

Jack de Belin is still missing as he fights off-field drama in court, while Tyson Frizell is out injured for the next month - that’s two NSW Origin forwards unavailable, while Korbin Sims is still suspended from an incident from last season.

The Dragons were absolutely torn apart by the big Cowboys forwards as they went down 24-12 in Townsville last week - and they are in danger of losing the forward battle again on Thursday night.

It was a disjointed performance from the Dragons - as mentioned, they couldn’t get over the advantage line in the middle of the field, while the Gareth Widdop move to fullback didn’t pay immediate dividends.

Souths have won three of their last four meetings, including the last two, and judging by the respective performances of both sides in Round 1, I think they will emerge victorious again. The Rabbitohs will be too strong in the forwards and their outside backs were impressive last week. If last week was anything to go by, the Dragons could be in for a tough start to 2019…

Match Odds


South Sydney Rabbitohs - $1.55
St George Illawarra Dragons - $2.45

Stats


  • Souths have won three of their last four meetings
  • Rabbitohs have won the last two, including a finals clash last season
  • Five of the last six have been decided by a 1-12 margin

Teams


Dragons: 1 Gareth Widdop 2 Jordan Pereira 3 Euan Aitken 4 Tim Lafai 5 Mikaele Ravalawa 6 Corey Norman 7 Ben Hunt 8 James Graham 9 Cameron McInnes 10 Paul Vaughan 11 Jacob Host 12 Tariq Sims 13 Blake Lawrie. Interchange: 14 Jeremy Latimore 15 Matt Dufty 16 Josh Kerr 17 Luciano Leilua. Reserves: 18 Zac Lomax 19 Reece Robson 20 Mitchell Allgood 21 Jonus Pearson

Rabbitohs: 1 Alex Johnston 2 Dane Gagai 3 Greg Inglis (c) 4 Braidon Burns 5 Campbell Graham 6 Cody Walker 7 Adam Reynolds 8 Tevita Tatola 9 Damien Cook 10 Tom 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 Corey Allan 19 Connor Tracey 20 Rhys Kennedy 21 Mawene Hiroti

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