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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm Predictions & Tips - 2nd half spree in the NRL
- South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm predictions for Thursday’s NRL game
- The Round 9 clash is being played at 10.50am BST at Stadium Australia in Sydney
- South Sydney Rabbitohs have scored 34+ points in 4 of their last 5 games
- I am backing more points to be scored in the 2nd half
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Melbourne have won 10 of their last 11 games against South Sydney (Getty Images)
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm Predictions
South Sydney have scored plenty of points in recent weeks with a high scoring game expected against Melbourne. The trend of more points being scored in the 2nd half should continue in the NRL.
- South Sydney Rabbitohs have won their last 7 games.
- South Sydney Rabbitohs have scored 34+ points in 4 of their last 5 games.
- South Sydney Rabbitohs have seen more points scored in the 2nd half in 4 of their last 6 games.
- Melbourne Storm have won 10 of their last 11 games against South Sydney Rabbitohs.
- Melbourne Storm have won their last 5 games.
- Melbourne Storm have scored 40+ points in 4 of their last 5 games.
- Melbourne Storm have seen more points scored in the 2nd half in their last 3 games.
Head to Head
Melbourne Storm have a 29-5 advantage against South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Melbourne have won 10 of the last 11 encounters including 26-18 in Round 1 this season.
South Sydney Rabbitohs Form
South Sydney started their season with a 26-18 defeat against Melbourne. They have won seven straight since.
The Rabbitohs crushed Canterbury 38-0 and Brisbane 35-6 before a tough 18-14 win against Wests Tigers.
Wayne Bennett’s side got their attack back in gear with a 40-30 win against Gold Coast and 34-20 win in Canberra.
South Sydney Rabbitohs Injuries & Team News
South Sydney have injury problems with Adam Reynolds (thumb), Cameron Murray (ankle) and Campbell Graham (hand) and Jaxson Paulo (wrist) all out.
Latrell Mitchell (suspension) remains sidelined for another two weeks.
Rookie Dean Hawkins starts at five-eighth, Benji Marshall takes over at halfback, , Alex Johnson takes Walker's place and the new wingers are Steven Marsters and Taane Milne.
Braidon Burns returns from a long-term knee injury to start in the centres.
Tevita Tatola (head knock) starts in the front row with Jai Arrow starting at lock.
South Sydney Rabbitohs Line Up
1. Cody Walker
2. Dane Gagai
3. Steven Marsters
4. Braidon Burns
5. Alex Johnston
6. Dean Hawkins
7. Benji Marshall
8. Tom Burgess
9. Damien Cook
10. Tevita Tatola
11. Keoan Koloamatangi
12. Jaydn Su'a
13. Jai Arrow
14. Mark Nicholls
15. Liam Knight
16. Jacob Host
17. Patrick Mago
18. Jed Cartwright
19. Hame Sele
20. Troy Dargan
21. Steven Marsters
Melbourne Storm Form
Melbourne started the season by beating South Sydney 26-18. They lost their next two against top quality opposition, going down 16-12 against Parramatta and 12-10 against Penrith.
The Storm bounced back with five straight wins. They beat Brisbane 40-6, Canterbury 52-18, Sydney Roosters 20-4 and New Zealand Warriors 42-20.
Craig Bellamy's side crushed Cronulla 40-14 last week. They were down 8-6 at half time but scored seven second half tries to run away with it.
Melbourne Storm Injuries & Team News
Fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen (shoulder) is a week or two away from a return with Nicho Hynes continuing in the starting side.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona (HIA) and George Jennings (HIA) return after missing the win against Cronulla.
Melbourne Storm Predicted Line Up
1. Nicho Hynes
2. George Jennings
3. Reimis Smith
4. Justin Olam
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Cameron Munster
7. Jahrome Hughes
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Harry Grant
10. Christian Welch
11. Felise Kaufusi
12. Kenny Bromwich
13. Brandon Smith
14. Dale Finucane
15. Tui Kamikamica
16. Tom Eisenhuth
17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
18. Dean Ieremia
19. Chris Lewis
20. Ryley Jacks
21. Aaron Pene