Both sides will be aiming for their fourth win of the season when they clash on Friday afternoon.
It has been a bit of an up and down start to the campaign for both teams who are currently sitting 3-3 but a win here will definitely give one of them the confidence to build going forward.
Canterbury beat a feisty Newcastle outfit 22-12 last week while Souths scored an upset win at the foot of the mountains with a 21-20 verdict over Penrith.
DEFENCE WINS GAMES
The old adage of defence winning games has definitely applied to CANTERBURY in the past fortnight.
After conceding 76 points between rounds 2-4, Des Hasler’s side has been a rock defensively by leaking just 11 points on average in their past two fixtures against the Broncos and Knights. It is no surprise then that they won both those matches.
Their attack is still a big concern with their average per game of 14.33 putting them last in the competition in that category.
MIDDLE OF THE PACK
This SOUTHS outfit definitely isn’t the same vintage that saw them go all the way to the title in 2014.
The Bunnies haven’t been consistent at all this season which makes things difficult when trying to put a gauge on them. They were competitive without ever threatening the Roosters or Cowboys in rounds 4 and 5 while they took advantage of a weakened Panthers outfit last week.
Essentially we think they will beat the majority of the weaker sides this season but cannot see them troubling too many Top 8 outfits from what we have seen so far, especially since their defence is leaking 21.66 points per game.
Souths haven’t been too shabby against the Dogs in recent years and have won four of the past six clashes which includes the 2014 Grand Final.
Their recent most recent encounter was in Round 26 last season which saw the Rabbitohs finish off 2016 in fine style, wiping their opponents 28-10 which ended up being their fourth consecutive win to round out the campaign.
This is a real toss of the coin job.
Both sides have hardly been inspiring of late but we think there is a small advantage in favour of the Bulldogs.
For the most part, Canterbury aren’t an easy team to score points on and that is where we think Souths will struggle. Points will be hard to come by for the Dogs but with Souths conceding 20 points for three straight games this could be the game where Josh Reynolds, Moses Mbye and Matt Frawley could run riot.
There are a few injuries for both sides heading into the game with Bunnies trying to cope with life without Greg Inglis while the Bulldogs are still without Will Hopoate and now powerhouse forward David Klemmer, although they do get back Kerrod Holland.
Despite the injuries we think Canterbury are the stronger team at this stage of the season.
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