The bunnies are still in the hunt for a finals spot but face their bitter rivals here.
Souths have reignited their chances of playing finals footy after back-to-back wins but it was the nature of their win against the Panthers last week that had everyone talking.
Sitting four points outside the top eight, Michael Maguire’s side need to keep on winning matches and with nine rounds left in the competition they cannot afford too many more slip ups.
They come up against their old rivals Sydney Roosters here and have been gifted by the draw it seems as the chooks are missing several players due to State Of Origin commitments.
Souths will be confident of getting a result here after thrashing Penrith 42-14 at ANZ Stadium last week.
Sydney Roosters were involved in a thrashing of their own, however, they were on the wrong side of the scoreline as they were humbled by the defending premiers 44-12 at Gosford.
SAM BURGESS was back to his devastating best last week.
Make no mistake about it, his aggression in the early stages of the contest when Souths were down 8-nil was a big reason his side were able to lift and subsequently turn things around.
Powerful runs, big tackles and leadership from the captain saw several players ride off the back of his coattails including Adam Reynolds who had arguably his best game of the season.
On top of that we cannot forget to mention flying winger Alex Johnston. He was the big beneficiary of all the forward momentum the team was able to generate as he crossed the line for five tries.
If Burgess and co. can reproduce a similar intensity here then the Roosters forwards, minus Boyd Cordner and Dylan Napa, will struggle to contain them.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS are missing several key players for this game and that is the last thing they would have wanted.
Coming off a big loss and facing their fiercest rivals, Trent Robinson’s side are the outsiders here ($2.38 @ bet365, Unibet) and considering what the bunnies produced last week it is easy to see why.
Mitchell Pearce, Boyd Cordner, Blake Ferguson and Dylan Napa are all missing due to Origin commitments and the last time they had the quarter missing, just prior to Game II, the side produced a lacklustre 24-16 loss to the Raiders.
SOUTHS haven’t enjoyed the best of times against the Roosters recently, dropping three of the past four matches against them.
Making their trip to Moore Park a little more difficult is the fact they have a terrible recent record at Allianz Stadium with just one win at the ground in the past six games.
That did come in Round 1 last season when they ran over the Roosters by 32 points. Interestingly, the home side didn’t have Pearce that day either.
The sides met earlier this season where the Roosters were 14-point winner at ANZ Stadium.
Margin players will be interested to know that three of the past four games between the sides has been decided by an average of 25.33 points while two of those matches have seen 30+ margins. A 30+ result for either side here is paying a fat $13 (Souths) and $34 (Roosters) respectively at bet365.
If both teams were at full strength we would be going the way of the Roosters.
That isn’t the case though and going off what we saw last week we are prepared to give the Rabbitohs the benefit of the doubt, especially considering the amount of withdrawals the Roosters have.
There will be some bounce back factor for the Roosters who suffered their biggest defeat of the season so we don’t expect it to be a blowout result, however, Souths are more desperate for points as they chase a finals berth and that could ultimately be the deciding factor.
SOUTHS 1-12 WINNING MARGIN