Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles Preliminary Finals Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles Tips

A spot in the NRL Grand Final is up for grabs when South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles square off in the preliminary finals at Suncorp on Friday night.

Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles Tips, Preview & Predictions

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly Sea Eagles free NRL preliminary finals betting tips, predictions and preview – the Rabbitohs have won the last four meetings between the sides…

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Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles Tips

Best Rabbitohs -2 Line odds with Ladbrokes

  • Rabbitohs have won the last four meetings between the teams
  • Rabbitohs have won 13 of their last 14 matches
  • Sea Eagles are 0-5 against teams that finished above them on the ladder this season
  • Sea Eagles’ smallest losing margin in those games was 10 points
  • Rabbitohs’ last three preliminary finals were decided by a 1-12 margin

Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles Same Game Multi Tips

Best Same Game Multi Odds with Ladbrokes

  • Alex Johnston has scored 27 tries from 20 games this season
  • Jaxson Paulo has scored five tries in his last five games and three in his last three vs top six teams
  • Jason Saab has scored a try in seven of his last eight matches

Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles Match Details

🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Friday September 24
Time: 7.50pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Suncorp Stadium


Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles Head to Head (last five matches)

  • 20/3/21: Sea Eagles 12-26 Rabbitohs
  • 22/8/20: Rabbitohs 56-16 Sea Eagles
  • 20/9/19: Rabbitohs 34-26 Sea Eagles
  • 13/7/19: Rabbitohs 21-20 Sea Eagles
  • 6/4/19: Sea Eagles 13-12 Rabbitohs

Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles Preview and Prediction

After bowing out in the preliminary finals in the last three seasons, can the Rabbitohs snap that streak and conquer Manly to reach the big dance and challenge for the premiership?

At the start of the finals series, we had our doubts – especially with Latrell Mitchell copping a season-ending suspension.

However, the way Souths defended to hold out the Panthers 16-10 in Week 1 of the finals has convinced us they have what it takes to advance into the Grand Final.

The Rabbitohs have fired in attack all season – they became the first team to score 30+ points in eight consecutive matches at one stage. But their defence was always unreliable.

That changed as they kept Penrith scoreless in the second half of that clash, earning the Rabbitohs a crucial week off in preparation for this encounter.

Wayne Bennett has more experience than anyone in these sorts of situations, and with veteran players such as Adam Reynolds, Damien Cook, Cody Walker, Cameron Murray, Dane Gagai and Alex Johnston all featuring, the Bunnies have a core group capable of getting them over the line.

With 13 wins from their last 14 matches, the Rabbitohs bring tons of momentum into their biggest game of the season.

Meanwhile, the Sea Eagles bounced back strongly from their poor performance against Melbourne in the opening week of the finals by thumping the Roosters 42-6 last week.

Tom Trbojevic was kept quiet by the Storm but had an electric game against the Roosters, scoring two tries and setting up another to lead his side to another big victory.

As long as Turbo is firing at the peak of his powers, Manly will have a chance of winning basically any game they play.

However, the Sea Eagles are at a loss when Turbo is contained like he was against the Storm and cannot continue to rely on one man to win them big games.

Manly’s record against the elite this season is concerning – they are 0-5 against the Rabbitohs, Panthers and Storm and 17-3 against those that finished below them on the ladder. Did somebody say flat-track bullies?

VERDICT:

Souths have won 13 of their last 14 games and their last four meetings with Manly. They are coming off their best performance of the season by beating the Panthers, keeping their rivals scoreless in the second half.

Manly have lost all five games against the teams that finished above them on the ladder this season – and they smallest margin they kept in those defeats was 10 points. If Tom Trbojevic is shut down, they have no chance.

Everything points to the Rabbitohs snapping their three-game losing streak in preliminary finals and we like the Bunnies to cover the -2 line as the best bet here (Best Rabbitohs -2 Line odds $2.00 with Ladbrokes.)


Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles Teams

Latrell Mitchell and Josh Mansour are unavailable for selection, but Wayne Bennett has the luxury of naming the same 17 players that took care of the Panthers after enjoying the week off.

Manly coach Des Hasler has selected the same 17 that crushed the Roosters last week.

Rabbitohs team: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray 14. Benji Marshall 15. Jacob Host 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Jai Arrow 18. Taane Milne 19. Patrick Mago 20. Braidon Burns 21. Jed Cartwright

Sea Eagles team: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Toafofoa Sipley 19. Moses Suli 20. Curtis Sironen 21. Tevita Funa


Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles Stats

  • Rabbitohs have won the last four meetings between the teams
  • Rabbitohs have won 13 of their last 14 matches
  • Sea Eagles are 0-5 against teams that finished above them on the ladder this season
  • Sea Eagles’ smallest losing margin in those games was 10 points
  • Rabbitohs’ last three preliminary finals were decided by a 1-12 margin
  • Alex Johnston has scored 27 tries from 20 games this season
  • Jaxson Paulo has scored five tries in his last five games and three in his last three vs top six teams
  • Jason Saab has scored a try in seven of his last eight matches

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