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Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Predictions & Tips - Rabbitohs to make it a magic seven

  • Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs predictions for Thursday's NRL Round 8 match
  • The match is being played at GIO Stadium (10.50am BST)
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have won their last 6 matches
  • Canberra Raiders have lost 3 in a row and a Souths win is tipped
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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South Sydney Rabbitohs have won six in a row (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 28 Apr 2021
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Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Predictions


Canberra Raiders have an excellent record against South Sydney Rabbitohs but find themselves in a tricky spot after losing four of their last five matches.

South Sydney Rabbitohs have struggled in Canberra, but go there this time in flying form. In their current mood, Souths can score a rare win over the Raiders with a 1-12 margin predicted.

  • Canberra Raiders have lost their last 3 matches.
  • The last 4 matches between Canberra Raiders and South Sydney Rabbitohs have been decided by 12 points or less.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have won their last 6 matches.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have scored 35+ points in 3 of their last 4 matches.

Head to Head


Canberra Raiders have had the better of South Sydney Rabbitohs, winning six of the last eight matches between the sides. 

The Raiders have won the last two clashes in a row. Canberra recorded a 16-10 win in the 2019 Preliminary Final and an 18-12 victory in the only meeting last season.

Canberra have also won three of the last four at home.

Canberra Raiders Form


Canberra Raiders slipped to a third straight defeat and a fourth in five games when losing to North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville last weekend.

The Raiders led 24-6 shortly before half-time, but failed to register a single point after the 38th minute mark. Canberra ultimately went down by two points in a 26-24 defeat to the Cowboys.

Ricky Stuart's side were beaten 30-10 by ladder leaders the Penrith Panthers in Round 6.

They then failed to score a single point in the second half against Parramatta Eels, who won 35-10 in Canberra two weeks ago.

Canberra Raiders Team News


A shoulder injury rules out Jarrod Crocker, with Sebastian Kris moving into the centres and Bailey Simonsson returning on the wing after a concussion absence.

Josh Papalii is rested by the Raiders with New Zealand international Joseph Tapine coming onto the bench for Canberra.

Matt Timoko has been recalled on the reserves bench.

Canberra Raiders Team List


1. Caleb Aekins 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Curtis Scott 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Ryan James 9. Tom Starling 10. Emre Guler 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Siliva Havili 15. Joseph Tapine 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Hudson Young 18. Matthew Timoko 19. Iosia Soliola 20. Matt Frawley 21. Dunamis Lui

South Sydney Rabbitohs Form


South Sydney Rabbitohs made it six wins in a row to go third on the ladder with a 6-1 record for the season.

In a points-scoring bonanza, the Rabbitohs ran out 40-30 winners over the Gold Coast Titans in Round 7 with Benji Marshall key in a four-try second-half performance from Souths.

Wayne Bennett's side have reeled off wins over Manly Sea Eagles, Sydney Roosters, Canterbury Bulldogs, Brisbane Broncos and Wests Tigers as well as the Titans.

The Rabbitohs have been scoring points for fun, posting 35 or more in three of their last four wins.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News


In a rejig, Cody Walker moves to full-back, Alex Johnston starts on the wing with Josh Mansour ruled out, and Benji Marshall comes into the run-on side at five-eighth.

Having started on the interchange bench last week, Marshall inspired Souths to a four-try second-half to see off the Titans.

Latrell Mitchell remains sidelined through suspension, while Tevita Tatola will need to pass a concussion test to line up in Canberra after being named in the starting line-up.

Patrick Mago and Hame Sele have been named among the Rabbitohs reserves.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List


1. Cody Walker 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Benji Marshall 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Jacob Host 17. Jai Arrow 18. Steven Marsters 19. Hame Sele 20. Patrick Mago 21. Dean Hawkins

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Verdict

Souths don't have the best of records against the Raiders, or in Canberra. But in the current form of both sides, it is hard to go past the Rabbitohs.

Best Bet: Rabbitohs by 1-12 Winning Margin @160.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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