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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors NRL Preview and Team News - Souths aim for seventh straight win over Warriors

Andrew Hendrie 7 Mar 2018
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs do battle against New Zealand Warriors in Round 1 of the NRL on Saturday in Perth
  • Warriors haven't defeated Rabbitohs since 2013, losing their last six encounters
Rabbitohs face Warriors on Saturday

South Sydney Rabbitohs target a seventh consecutive victory over New Zealand Warriors when the two sides kick off a double header at Perth’s Optus Stadium on Saturday in Round 1 action.

Souths have dominated the Warriors in recent times, winning their last six encounters dating back to 2013 and scoring 30+ points in five of those victories - while all of their triumphs have come by a margin of 17 points or more.

As far as match-ups in the NRL go, it doesn’t get much more one-sided than that. Add in the fact that the Warriors have only won two of their last 10 Round 1 matches and have been forced to travel over six hours to the other side of Australia and there’s not much cause for optimism for the Kiwi club in this clash.

The Warriors have been consistently inconsistent for the majority of their existence, but their last couple of seasons have been very poor - and if they don’t improve this campaign, they could find themselves in a real battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

Peta Hiku, Blake Green, Adam Blair and Tohu Harris are all great recruitments and will add a wealth of class and experience to an erratic Warriors outfit, and they will need all of them to fire and support Shaun Johnson if the Warriors are to make a positive impact in 2018.

Souths meanwhile welcome back Greg Inglis from knee surgery after the superstar premiership winner missed all of last season through injury. Inglis returns in the centres, with Alex Johnston starting at fullback and Damien Cook pipping Robbie Farah for the No. 9 jersey.

All in all, it’s the perfect match for new Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold to ease his way into the frantic NRL coaching world. Souths are back to full strength and are playing a team they’ve dominated since 2013 - expect another comfortable Rabbitohs victory on Saturday.


Stats


  • Souths have won their last six meetings
  • Rabbitohs have scored 30+ points in five of those victories
  • All of those wins have come by a margin by 17 points or more

Teams


Greg Inglis returns in centres for Souths as Alex Johnston starts at fullback and Damien Cook edges Robbie Farah for the hooking role.

Peta Hiku, Blake Green, Adam Blair and Tohu Harris all make their Warriors debuts, while Sam Cook receives an NRL debut off the bench.

Rabbitohs team: 1 Alex Johnston, 2 Richie Kennar, 3 Dane Gagai, 4 Greg Inglis (c), 5 Robert Jennings, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Thomas Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 Mark Nicholls, 11 John Sutton, 12 Angus Crichton, 13 Sam Burgess. Interchange: 14 Cameron Murray, 15 Tyrell Fuimaono, 16 George Burgess, 17 Tevita Tatola. Reserves: 18 Robbie Farah, 19 Jason Clark, 20 Hymel Hunt, 21 Adam Doueihi

Warriors team: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c) 2 David Fusitu’a 3 Peta Hiku 4 Solomone Kata 5 Ken Maumalo 6 Blake Green 7 Shaun Johnson 8 James Gavet 9 Issac luke 10 Adam Blair 11 Isaiah Papali’I 12 Tohu Harris 13 Ligi Sao Interchange 14 Sam Cook 15 Leivaha Pulu 16 Sam Lisone 17 Bunty Afoa 18 Jazz Tevaga 20 Mason Lino 21 Agnatius Paasi 22 Anthony Gelling

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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors NRL Preview and Team News - Souths aim for seventh straight win over Warriors

South Sydney Rabbitohs target a seventh consecutive victory over New Zealand Warriors when the two sides kick off a double header at Perth’s Optus Stadium on Saturday in Round 1 action.

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