Rabbitohs vs Knights NRL Finals Tips, Prediction & Preview

Andrew Hendrie:
Rabbitohs vs Knights Tips

South Sydney look to back up their mammoth win over the Roosters by sending the struggling Knights packing in Sundayโ€™s elimination final.

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Newcastle Knights free NRL tips, predictions and preview – Knights have conceded 140 points in their last four away gamesโ€ฆ

Rabbitohs vs Knights Tips

Rabbitohs vs Knights Match Details

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Competition: NRL
๐Ÿ—“ Date: Sunday October 4
โฐ Time: 4.05pm AEST
๐ŸŸ Stadium: ANZ Stadium

Rabbitohs vs Knights 2020 Form (last five matches)

Rabbitohs (WLWLW)

  • R16: Eels 0-38 Rabbitohs
  • R17: Rabbitohs 16-22 Storm
  • R18: Tigers 24-26 Rabbitohs
  • R19: Rabbitohs 16-26 Bulldogs
  • R20: Rabbitohs 60-8 Roosters

Knights (LWLWL)

  • R16: Warriors 36-6 Knights
  • R17: Knights 38-10 Sharks
  • R18: Roosters 42-12 Knights
  • R19: Knights 42-18 Dragons
  • R20: Titans 36-6 Knights

Rabbitohs vs Knights Head to Head (last five matches)

Souths have won nine of the last 11, but Knights prevailed in their most recent two.

  • 18/7/20: Rabbitohs 18-20 Knights
  • 7/6/19: Rabbitohs 12-20 Knights
  • 4/5/18: Knights 18-36 Rabbitohs
  • 18/3/17: Knights 18-24 Rabbitohs
  • 28/8/16: Knights 12-34 Rabbitohs

Rabbitohs vs Knights Preview and Prediction

These two teams couldnโ€™t be entering the finals in more contrasting fashion.

South Sydney absolutely obliterated the Roosters last week, piling on 60 points in one of the most dominant displays of the season, with Alex Johnston scoring five tries to propel himself to the top of the charts.

It was the Rabbitohsโ€™ biggest ever win over the Roosters and proved once again that when they play their best, they can beat any side in the competition and are genuine premiership contenders.

With a 38-0 win over the Eels last month as well, the Rabbitohs are almost unstoppable at their best and when Cody Walker is in the mood.

That being said, they also lost to the lowly Bulldogs a fortnight ago, so consistency remains an issue. Suffice to say, they canโ€™t afford any lapses in an elimination final.

Meanwhile, the Knights are playing in the finals for the first time since 2013, but itโ€™s looking like it will be a short visit if last week is anything to go by.

Newcastle were comprehensively outplayed by the Titans, going down 36-6 in an extremely poor display that was reminiscent of their loss to the Warriors a few weeks earlier by the same scoreline.

Thatโ€™s two 30-point defeats by teams outside the top eight in their last five games. Not exactly the ideal preparation coming into your first finals game in seven years.

The Knights have been erratic and inconsistent all season long and I canโ€™t see them beating Souths on Sunday.

Newcastleโ€™s away form has been atrocious and thereโ€™s no indication that it will change with a click of the fingers. Souths are riding a massive wave of momentum heading into this clash, and with four straight finals wins at ANZ Stadium under their belt, they should be far too good in this one.

Rabbitohs vs Knights Teams

Jaydn Suโ€™A returns from suspension for Souths, pushing Hame Sele out of the side.

Lachlan Fitzgibbon is back from injury for the Knights as Brodie Jones drops to the reserves.

Rabbitohs team: 1. Corey Allan 2. Alex Johnston 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Suโ€™A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Jed Cartwright 17. Keaon Koloamatangi 18. Steven Marsters 19. Hame Sele 20. Troy Dargan 21. Patrick Mago

Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Kurt Mann 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Chris Randall 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Herman Eseโ€™ese 17. Sione Mataโ€™utia 18. Josh King 19. Gehamat Shibasaki 20. Tex Hoy 21. Brodie Jones

Souths vs Knights Stats

  • Souths have won nine of their last 11 meetings
  • Knights have won their last two encounters
  • Knights have conceded 140 points in their last four away games
  • Souths have won their last four finals games at ANZ
  • Campbell Graham has scored a try in his last seven matches
  • Alex Johnson has scored two or more tries in three of his last four games vs Knights

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