Melbourne Storm attempt to do the double over South Sydney Rabbitohs when the two heavyweight sides launch NRL Round 9 action on Thursday night.
Rabbitohs vs Storm Tips, Preview & Predictions
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Rabbitohs have won just two of their last 19 games against Melbourne…
Rabbitohs vs Storm Tips
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Rabbitohs vs Storm Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Thursday May 6
⏰ Time: 7.50pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Stadium Australia
Rabbitohs vs Storm Head to Head (last five matches)
- 11/3/21: Storm 26-18 Rabbitohs
- 4/9/20: Rabbitohs 16-22 Storm
- 5/6/20: Storm 22-8 Rabbitohs
- 11/8/19: Rabbitohs 16-26 Storm
- 7/9/18: Storm 29-28 Rabbitohs
Rabbitohs vs Storm Preview and Prediction
After launching the season back in Round 1, reigning premiers Melbourne and top four outfit South Sydney collide for the second time on Thursday night at Stadium Australia.
The Storm produced a first half masterclass and withstood a late Rabbitohs fightback to emerge triumphant by a 26-18 scoreline in the opening round and the defending premiers will be determined to double down on that victory in Round 9.
Craig Bellamy’s side simply didn’t give the Bunnies any openings in that match, enjoying 62 per cent of possession. Currently leading the competition in tries (43) and line breaks (55), Melbourne will be out to put on another clinic – this time, on enemy territory.
It’s not hard to see them doing just that – the Storm have won their last five games by 13+ margins and have scored 40 points or more in four of those victories. And they’ve been doing it recently without electric fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen.
Papenhuyzen is likely to miss that match, but the Rabbitohs also have a huge out, with halfback Adam Reynolds sidelined.
That’s forced a big reshuffle in the backline that sees Benji Marshall and Cody Walker as the starting halves.
Souths haven’t lost a match since that aforementioned opening round defeat to Storm, bringing a seven-match winning streak into this rematch.
However, the Rabbitohs haven’t been entirely convincing over the last few weeks, edging the Tigers in golden point and coming from behind against Titans and Raiders sides currently in the midst of worrying losing streaks.
With Melbourne’s dominant record in this H2H (won 29 of 34), you simply can’t back against the reigning premiers – especially with Reynolds out.
Eight of the last 10 meetings have been decided by 1-12 margins, so I’m expecting another tight tussle, but when push comes to shove, Melbourne have that extra gear.
Rabbitohs vs Storm Teams
Adam Reynolds is out with a thumb injury for Souths, with Benji Marshall starting at halfback, Cody Walker moving from fullback to five-eighth, Alex Johnson shifting to the No. 1 and Steven Marsters and Taane Milne both coming onto the wing.
Latrell Mitchell is still out suspended, while Cameron Murray is sidelined with an ankle injury.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona and George Jennings both return from head knocks for Melbourne, but Ryan Papenhuyzen is still a week away.
Rabbitohs team: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Steven Marsters 3. Dane Gagai 4. Braidon Burns 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Benji Marshall 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Jai Arrow 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Jacob Host 17. Patrick Mago 18. Jed Cartwright 19. Hame Sele 20. Troy Dargan 21. Dean Hawkins
Storm team: 1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Brandon Smith 14. Dale Finucane 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 18. Dean Ieremia 19. Chris Lewis 20. Ryley Jacks 21. Aaron Pene
Rabbitohs vs Storm Stats
- Souths have won just two of their last 19 games vs Melbourne
- Melbourne have won their last five matches
- Melbourne have won all those matches by 13+ margins
- Melbourne have scored 40+ points in four of those wins
- Souths have won their last seven matches
- Souths have scored 34 points or more in four of their last five matches
- Eight of the last 10 meetings between these teams have been decided by 1-12 margins
- Six of the last seven matches between these teams have gone over the total points line
- Justin Olam has scored at least one try in all four of his previous games vs Souths
- Alex Johnston has scored a try in six different matches this season
- Dane Gagai has scored a try in his last three matches
- Cameron Munster has scored a try in three of his last four matches vs Souths
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