SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 10: Tom Burgess of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the round 22 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on August 10, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

With the Preliminary finals fast approaching, we preview each game and give a prediction on who will make it through to the Grand Final on Sunday 30th of September.

Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks

Friday 21st of September @ AAMI Park 7:40pm

What a game this is going to be! The two grand finalists of 2016 coming head to head once again in a finals series.

The Sharks will take a lot of confidence into this game as they have beaten the Storm twice this season. Most recently in a hard fought victory 17-14 at AAMI Park.

Although the Storm have had the week off and will be ready to beat their short term rivals on Friday night. After a miracle one point win over Souths over a week ago, the Storm will also take confidence into this game with Will Chambers and Nelson Asofa-Solomona coming back into the side after lengthy lay offs.

Although the Sharks have had recent success over against the Storm, I still believe that the week off will provide Melbourne the strength and energy they need to beat the Sharks. In this game, the Sharks will be without Wade Graham and Paul Gallen, two big experienced names that will be sorely missed. It’ll be to much for the Sharks to overcome.

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Melbourne by 4

Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Saturday 22nd of September @ Allianz Stadium 7:40pm

Comprehensively the game of the year, two old foes coming head to head in one of the clashes of the last decade. The Roosters and Rabbitohs rivalry is expected to attract a sell out crowd at Allianz Stadium.

The Rabbitohs will take a lot of confidence into this game with a trilling victory over the Dragons last start. Although they will need to be a lot better if they want to beat the Roosters on Saturday night.

Both these teams share the season series 1-1, with the Roosters winning the last game 18-14 at ANZ stadium. The Rabbitohs are unchanged, although the Roosters have moved Mitch Aubusson into the centres replacing Latrell Mitchell.

This game will definitely big a battle of the middle which the Rabbitohs should win but they’re coming off two straight hard fought wins. The Roosters will be rested but don’t have prop Dylan Napa or centre Latrell Mitchell, two big names that would make an massive impact if they played.

In this game, I expect a back and fourth contest with game to be decided in the last 10 minutes. Even though Souths have played two straight games, I expect them to come away with the win here behind an Adam Reynolds clutch field goal.

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The loss of Dylan Napa through the middle is a big loss for the Roosters as they will struggle to contain the Burgess boys. Latrell Mitchell’s absence also limits the Roosters strike power. Damien Cook will have blinder and Sam Burgess will be back to his best with Souths to show no signs of fatigue.

Souths by 1

8 COMMENTS

  1. What a pair of blockbustin grudge matches.
    There is going to be so much animosity and venom in these two games.
    I can’t wait. 💥

  2. The media have done their best to hype up the Souths v Roosters but given Souths were missing 5 starting backs to 1 rooster last time they met in an even contest I can see Souths going into this having overcome the fatigue of last 2 weeks.
    Souths will also be fired up big time after the drama this week.
    Sam Burgess to go rampant leading Souths to a 20+ win.

    • What happened this time while your Soufths team was at full strength and the Roosters had a one armed halfback, with Mitchell and Napa allowed to holiday while they played the overrated full strength Soufths. I will tell you 3 tries to nil. That’s right a BIG O👀🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓

  3. The Roosters are very similar to the Storm, if a player is injured or suspended then the next player that steps into that position knows his job inside out and is ready to produce. Let me tell you a little secret that ALL good League historians like myself remember. In 1975 Minor premiers Sydney Roosters (Easts) had many star players injured and could not play in the grand final against St George. Those injured were Brilliant Fullback Russell Fairfax, Blockbusting centre Mark Harris, Tackling Machine “The Axe”Barry Bunny Reilly, Although Jack Gibson did as a consolation for being a champion gave him 5 mins at the end of the game to let him hobble about but only when the score was 38-0 in favor of the Chooks. Look out Soufths Easts are well aware of their History and are the Minor Premiers for a good reason.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🎱🎱🎱

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