The NRL heads west once more as the Rabbitohs, fresh off a strong win against the Tigers take on the top of the table Storm, looking to return to the winners list following an uncharacteristically poor defensive performance last week.
Coach Michael Maguire shuffled his lineup in a major way last week – Cody Walker to fullback, Alex Johnston to the wing opposite Aaron Gray, John Sutton to five-eighth – and it paid dividends as the Rabbits chalked up an easy 28-8 win. This week, however, they’ll face a different challenge, in a form of a Melbourne side hell-bent on writing their defensive wrongs from last week which saw them concede an almost unprecedented 38 points, a figure which prompted Craig Bellamy to call it their worse defensive performance under him.
On the flip side, they scored 36 points – the equal-most ever for a losing side – with their Big Three firing on all cylinders.
Tohu Harris returned and was very impressive for someone who has missed a considerable amount of time, as they expect to go into this week unchanged.
The men in purple have won 22 out of the sides 26 meetings, and we see that winning record continuing this Sunday.
Storm by 8.
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