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NRL ROUND 14

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS VS NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

SATURDAY JUNE 12, 5.30 PM, STADIUM AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY

Souths are dealing with some notable Origin absentees but should still fancy a win here against Newcastle, to consolidate their top 4 position, in what should be a cracking game of rugby league, at the premier venue in Sydney, Stadium Australia.  Souths enjoyed the bye in round 13, after a superb 38-20 win against fellow contenders Parramatta at this venue in round 12, to keep their 4th position, and within the realms of moving higher.  Newcastle produced a terrible performance against Parramatta last weekend, losing 40-4, but will look to re-find the form that saw them beat Manly a fortnight ago, and improve on their 5-8 record, which sees them stuck in 14th.  As is the case across the eastern seaboard, Sydney will have fine weather Saturday and a big crowd is the order of the game here, in what should be an entertaining affair.

Dane Gagai battled tonsilitis as he managed to get on the field for Queensland in Origin, but will miss this game, as he continues to recover from the illness, while Bennett never indicated Arrow was going to back up after a torrid forwards battle.  Latrell Mitchell will play, while Cook may, but no decision has been made on him yet, Mansour is the obvious inclusion if Latrell is a late exclusion, while Mark Nicholls may also battle to keep his spot after a head knock last game.  Clifford and Crossland is the Knights halves pairing here, while Dan Saifiti is expected to play after a strong Origin performance.  Tuala shuffles to the wing to replace To’a who is out, and Mann is playing in the centres, while Ponga is still injured, giving Hoy another game at fullback.

The Knights stung the Rabbitohs by winning a game back in July 2020, by just 2 points, but the Bunnies avenged that result by bashing Newcastle in the Finals series, winning 46-20, on their way to another Preliminary Final.  Souths are 3rd in the betting market for the NRL title season, at $6 and look like being a team that can give Melbourne or Penrith trouble, while the Knights are $3.50 chances of making the 8, which would be a heroic effort from here.  Souths are $1.15 favourites to win this game, by quite a margin as they are -17.5 in the handicap markets, while the Knights are $5.50 chances of heading home with an unlikely win.

PREDICTION: Newcastle will not bother the Bunnies, Souths by 20.

BETTING TIP: $3.20 for Johnston to score a pair of tries is good value.

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