South Sydney will take on the Brisbane Broncos tonight in a match that has a lot riding on it. The Broncos would love to take back first position after tonight whereas the Rabbits just want to stay in the top four. The Broncos will play the Storm next in the last game before the finals. South Sydney will have to play the Sydney Roosters in a match that not only has the significance of a rivalry, but to get a home final as well.
In a bit of a toss-up this week we find ourselves playing at our old stomping ground at Allianz Stadium. A very central venue that has had so much history for the Red and Green machine will play host once again. The good news about playing at this stadium is that it’s so central to the heartland of The South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Brisbane played at this stadium last Saturday night and they will certainly have a good feel of it. Brisbane lost to The Sydney Roosters in that match and in terms of a tough match-up you really couldn't get more of a feisty match. The Broncos have spent just under a week here so their preparation would be in the highest order. I have liked what Brisbane have brought to this competition this year. There’s no doubt all the young guys are stepping up and this is making it easy for the experienced campaigners to lay a platform. When you have a balanced team and everyone is playing at the top of their game there’s no doubt you are always going to be a threat to this competition. Wayne Bennett has transformed what was a very under performing Broncos team last year to a heavyweight one this year. It only took “the super coach” to return home to make a difference to a footy club.
South Sydney are underdogs in this match and for good reason. I don’t think they would be overly happy with how they’ve played in the last few weeks. It’s a tough period for the club with superstar fullback Greg Inglis out but they do have a flying Alex Johnston to replace him. “AJ” thrives on the wing already scoring numerous tries throughout his career in first grade, but an opportunity to play more in a new position will definitely open him up to be more of a utility in the back line.
The return of Issac Luke to the squad will do wonders for the Red and Green as he certainly makes a difference. The spark he brings out of dummy half lifts the boys from the outset as well as throughout the game. Issac makes sure the forwards can have a break as well as getting over the advantage line for his team.
The Rabbits are in for a tough time tonight but it will be interesting want South Sydney team turns up tonight.
How will the Rabbitohs win tonight?
Will Issac Luke make a big difference?
Will the loss of Greg Inglis hurt us?