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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions & Tips - Alex Johnston is on fire in the NRL

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs predictions for Sunday’s NRL game
  • The Round 18 clash is being played on the Gold Coast (9.15am BST)
  • South Sydney’s Alex Johnston has scored 13 tries in his last 5 games
  • I am backing Johnston to score 2+ tries in a big win for the Rabbitohs
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South’s Alex Johnston has scored 13 tries in his last 5 games (Getty Images)
Eddy Tora 16 Jul 2021
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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions


South Sydney are huge favourites against a Canterbury side that are the worst in the NRL. Alex Johnston has scored 13 tries in his last five games and continues to be backed in the try scoring markets.

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have won 13 of their last 15 games.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have scored 38+ points in their last 3 games.
  • South Sydney’s Alex Johnston has scored 45 tries in his last 37 games.
  • South Sydney’s Alex Johnston has scored 13 tries in his last 5 games.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have won 6 of their last 8 games against Canterbury Bulldogs.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have lost 31 of their last 36 games.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have lost 8 of their last 9 games.

Head to Head


Canterbury Bulldogs have an 89-82 advantage against South Sydney Rabbitohs with six draws in 177 games.

The Rabbitohs have won six of the last eight encounters including 38-0 in Round 4 this season.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Form


South Sydney are sitting fourth on the ladder after winning their last five matches.

The Rabbitohs beat Parramatta 38-20, Newcastle 24-10, Brisbane 46-0 and Wests Tigers 38-22.

Wayne Bennett’s side beat North Queensland 46-18 last week. They trailed 10-2 before scoring eight unanswered tries, Alex Johnston scoring three to make it 13 tries in his last five games.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Injuries & Team News


Jai Arrow is out after breaching COVID isolation protocols during Origin. 

Taane Milne (high tackle) and Liam Knight (dangerous contact) both took early guilty pleas and are available to play.

Hame Sele is out with Tom Burgess to start at prop and Patrick Mago coming onto the bench. 

Latrell Mitchell, Dane Gagai, Damien Cook and Cameron Murray have all been named to back up from Origin.

Tevita Tatola (knee) is out until Round 23.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Line Up


1. Latrell Mitchell
2. Alex Johnston
3. Dane Gagai
4. Campbell Graham
5. Taane Milne
6. Cody Walker
7. Adam Reynolds
8. Mark Nicholls
9. Damien Cook
10. Tom Burgess
11. Keaon Koloamatangi
12. Jaydn Su'a
13. Cameron Murray

Interchange

14. Benji Marshall
15. Liam Knight
16. Patrick Mago
17. Jacob Host

Reserves

18. Braidon Burns
19. Jed Cartwright
20. Blake Taaffe 
21. Peter Mamouzelos
22. Jaxson Paulo
23. Josh Mansour

Canterbury Bulldogs Form


Canterbury sit bottom of the NRL table after going 2-14 in 2021. They have now lost 31 of their last 36 games stretching back to last season.

The Bulldogs have lost eight of their last nine games. The only win in that run was a 28-6 victory against St George Illawarra in Round 14.

Trent Barrett’s side have lost three in a row. They lost 36-10 to Parramatta, 66-0 to Manly and 22-16 against the Sydney Rosters last week where they missed 34 tackles. 

Canterbury Bulldogs Injuries & Team News


Ava Seumanufagai (suspension) has been named on the bench. Matt Doorey (concussion) has been named in the reserves. 

Jayden Okunbor (knee) is in the reserves after missing the entire season. 

Kyle Flanagan was dropped prior to the Roosters clash, and remains out of the 17 again this week. 

Jeremy Marshall-King (suspension) , Adam Elliott (cheekbone), Jayden
Okunbor (knee) and Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot) are due back in round 19.

Chris Smith (ankle) and Christian Crichton (knee) are out for a few more weeks.

Nick Cotric (toe) and Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot) are out for the season.

Canterbury Bulldogs Predicted Line Up


1. Nick Meaney
2. Corey Allan
3. Will Hopoate
4. Aaron Schoupp
5. Falakiko Manu
6. Lachlan Lewis
7. Jake Averillo
8. Jack Hetherington
9. Sione Katoa
10. Luke Thompson
11. Corey Waddell
12. Josh Jackson
13. Renouf Atoni

Interchange

14. Bailey Biondi-Odo
15. Dylan Napa
16. Ava Seumanufagai
17. Joe Stimson

Reserves

19. Kyle Flanagan 
20. Ofahiki Ogden
21. Matt Doorey
23. Jayden Okunbor

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Verdict

South Sydney are huge favourites here with the handicap set around 25 points. I am stretching that out to -29.5 with the Rabbitohs backed to score 40+ points.

Alex Johnston has scored 13 tries in his last five games including three hat-tricks and two doubles.

Best Bets: Rabbitohs -29.5 Handicap @140.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Best Bets: Alex Johnston 2+ Tries Anytime Tryscorer @120.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
First Tryscorer Tip: Alex Johnston First Tryscorer @600.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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