NRL Live South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canberra Raiders Stream National Rugby League Round 08 match will be kick off at Barlow Park Stadium, Cairns, Queensland, Australia Sunday 26 April 2015 online, 16.00 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
Defending champs South Sydney have endured a rocky fortnight without injured linchpin Adam Reynolds, while Canberra continue to surprise with their renewed spirit and toughness. Sunday’s showdown – a rare free-to-air game for the Raiders – shapes as a tricky assignment for the Rabbitohs as they take their home game to Cairns.
Souths have named Cameron McInnes at five-eighth and Glenn Stewart in the second-row, which is where both players featured in Monday night’s loss in a late switch. Dane Tilse has played his last game for the Raiders, which sees Paul Vaughan move into the front-row and Shaun Fensom return at lock. Mark Nicholls comes back onto the bench for Luke Bateman.
The Raiders lead the count 28 wins to the Rabbitohs’ 21. Souths have won six of the last seven, however, including a 34-18 result in Canberra in Round 20 last year to gain revenge for a 30-18 boilover loss at ANZ Stadium four months earlier.
After being overrun 30-12 by the Cowboys, the Rabbitohs went down 18-10 to the Sharks in treacherous conditions at Remondis Stadium. Trailing just 10-4 at the break after running into a howling gale, Souths were unable to mount a decent comeback, struggling for direction and poise without Reynolds. The Raiders staged a club record comeback at a windy Leichhardt Oval last Sunday, prevailing 30-22 after trailing the Tigers 22-0 midway through the first half. The Rabbitohs are sitting in fourth with the fifth-best attack and seventh-ranked defence, while the Raiders are in 14th with the 12th-best attacking stats and 11th-best defence in the NRL.
Greg Inglis started the season in blistering form, but has come back to the field somewhat in recent weeks. The Rabbitohs need their skipper at his blockbusting best to compensate for the absence of chief playmaker Reynolds. The versatile Jack Wighton continues to impress in the fullback role and remains arguably the Raiders’ most dangerous attacking weapon, lacking nothing in the confidence and excitement stakes.
South Sydney are 6-4 interstate (5-5 against the start) over the last three seasons, while Canberra are 1-3 in Queensland (2-2 ATS). When paying less than $1.30 for the win from 2013-15, the Rabbitohs are 13-6 (9-10 against the line); when paying $3.70 or more for the win, the Raiders are just 1-10 (5-6 ATS). The Raiders’ Sunday afternoon record is 7-10 since the start of 2013 (8-9 against the start), while the Rabbitohs are 7-1 (4-4 ATS) in the timeslot.
South Sydney are on the ropes without Adam Reynolds and will have to be content to grind out any victories they may be able to achieve; the No.7’s absence has had a more marked effect than most would have anticipated. Meanwhile, Canberra has shown genuine promise recently and can’t be counted out of this one – $3.70 for the win at a neutral venue is great value for a side in pretty handy touch. The 1-12 margins for both sides are looking good, while the Raiders with a start shapes as arguably the best bet on offer.
Rabbitohs: 1 Greg Inglis (c) 2 Alex Johnston 3 Dylan Walker 4 Bryson Goodwin 5 Joel Reddy 6 Cameron McInnes 7 Luke Keary 8 George Burgess 9 Issac Luke 10 Dave Tyrrell 11 Glenn Stewart 12 Chris McQueen 13 Jason Clark. Interchange: 14 Chris Grevsmuhl 15 Nathan Brown 16 Tim Grant 17 Thomas Burgess.
Other unavailables: Adam Reynolds (knee, round 12), Kyle Turner (neck, indefinite), Kirisome Auva’a (disciplinary, round 22), John Sutton (broken jaw, round nine)
Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton 2 Edrick Lee 3 Jarrod Croker 4 Sisa Waqa 5 Jordan Rapana 6 Blake Austin 7 Sam Williams 8 Paul Vaughan 9 Josh Hodgson 10 Frank-Paul Nuuausala 11 Josh Papalii 12 Iosia Soliola 13 Shaun Fensom. Interchange: 14 Kurt Baptiste 15 Jarrad Kennedy 16 Mark Nicholls 17 Shannon Boyd 18 Kyle O’Donnell 19 Jeremy Hawkins.
Ins: Shaun Fensom, Mark Nicholls, Kyle O’Donnell, Jeremy Hawkins
Outs: Dane Tilse (released), Luke Bateman (dropped)
Other unavailables: Haydon Hodge (knee, season), David Shillington (broken thumb, round nine), Joel Edwards (foot, round nine), Jeff Lynch (hand, round nine)