Bulldogs v Souths | Friday, September 2, 7.50pm (AEDT), ANZ Stadium
The Dogs dropped out of the top four after a fairly lifeless display at Belmore and face a bit of a banana skin here against a Souths side who have really hit their straps after the horse had bolted on their season.
Save for the Titans, Des Hasler’s team have the worst attacking record of any side in the eight and there must be huge question marks surrounding their ability to generate enough points to topple the leading sides with both Josh Reynolds and Moses Mbye struggling to have any tangible impact.
Souths cruised to victory in the Hunter with Greg Inglis declaring himself a certain starter despite suffering an ankle injury in the win.
News of Cameron McInnes’ request for a release hints strongly that Robbie Farah might be on his way to Redfern.
Found this a tough game to assess but confidence is everything and the Bunnies might have a bit more of that at the moment.
Last time they met: Rd 4 – Souths 12-42 Bulldogs
Line tip: Souths +3.5
Bulldogs: 1 William Hopoate 2 Brett Morris 3 Josh Morris 4 Kerrod Holland 5 Curtis Rona 6 Josh Reynolds 7 Moses Mbye 8 Aiden Tolman 9 Michael Lichaa 10 James Graham (c) 11 Joshua Jackson 12 Greg Eastwood 13 David Klemmer. Interchange: 14 Danny Fualalo 15 Tim Browne 16 Tony Williams 17 Raymond Faitala.
Rabbitohs: 1 Greg Inglis (c) 2 Alexander Johnston 3 Hymel Hunt 4 Aaron Gray 5 Joe Burgess 6 Cody Walker 7 Adam Reynolds 8 George burgess 9 Damien Cook 10 Thomas Burgess 11 John Sutton 12 Kyle Turner 13 Samuel Burgess. Interchange: 14 Jason Clark 15 Nathan Brown 16 Angus Crichton 17 Zane Musgrove.