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05 Aug 2022
Conrad Castleton 05 Aug 2022
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  • South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors predictions for Saturday’s NRL game
  • The Round 21 clash is being played at Sunshine Coast Stadium (06:00 BST)
  • South Sydney have won 12 of their last 13 games against New Zealand
  • Can Alex Johnston keep scoring tries?
  • Preview, tips, stats & team lists
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South Sydney host New Zealand on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday (Getty)

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors Predictions


South Sydney are huge favourites on the Sunshine Coast. This could be closer than the odds suggest, the Warriors backed with the +18.5 handicap.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Form
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Injuries & Team News
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List
  • New Zealand Warriors Form
  • New Zealand Warriors Injuries & Team News
  • New Zealand Warriors Team List
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors Live Stream FAQ

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have won 4 of their last 5 games.
  • South Sydney’s Alex Johnston has scored 74 tries in his last 61 games.
  • South Sydney have won 12 of their last 13 games against New Zealand.
  • New Zealand Warriors have lost 10 of their last 11 games.

Head to Head


South Sydney have a 19-19 record against New Zealand.

The Rabbitohs have won 12 of their last 13 encounters including 32-30 in Round 10 this season.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Form


South Sydney have won four of their last five games to get back into the Top 8.

Jason Demetriou’s side won four straight, 30-12 win against Parramatta, 40-28 in Newcastle, 36-28 win against Canterbury and 24-12 against Melbourne. 

The Rabbitohs are coming off a 21-20 extra time defeat in Cronulla. They scored in the 77th minute to tie the game at 20-20 but Latrell Mitchell couldn’t nail a field goal.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Injuries & Team News


Tom Burgess (suspension) will miss one game after being sent off against Cronulla, replaced by Mark Nicholls.

Jed Cartwright (hamstring) and Taane Milne (finger) are out with Jaxson Paulo the new centre.

Kodi Nikorima is out and has been replaced on the bench with Blake Taaffe.

Campbell Graham (facial injury) and Jed Cartwright (hamstring) are due back in the next few weeks.
Jacob Host (shoulder) and Liam Knight (knee) are done for the season).

NSW Cup leading try scorer Izaac Thompson replaces Paulo on the wing to make his NRL debut.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List


1. Latrell Mitchell 
2. Alex Johnston
4. Isaiah Tass
5. Jaxson Paulo
18. Izaac Thompson 
6. Cody Walker
7. Lachlan Ilias
8. Tevita Tatola
9. Damien Cook
10. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 
11. Keaon Koloamatangi
12. Jai Arrow
13. Cameron Murray

Interchange

14. Blake Taaffe
15. Davvy Moale
16. Siliva Havili 
17. Mark Nicholls 

Reserves

3. Taane Milne
22. Josh Mansour 

New Zealand Warriors Form


New Zealand Warriors have lost 10 of their last 11 games. They beat Wests Tigers 22-2 in Round 16, their first game back on home soil in a long time.

Stacey Jones’ side have lost three straight games. They lost 28-18 loss against Parramatta and 26-14 in Canberra.

The Warriors are coming off a 24-12 defeat to Melbourne at Mt Smart Stadium. Edward Kosi crossed for three tries but it wasn’t enough to beat the Storm.

New Zealand Warriors Injuries & Team News


Stacey Jones has made a number of changes to his side. Bayley Sironen, Jack Murchie and Aaron Pene return to complete a new backrow.

Euan Aitken moves into the centres with Adam Pompey in the reserves. 

Jazz Tevaga (shoulder) and Chanel Harris-Tavita miss out with Wayde Egan starting in the halves and Aaron Pene at lock. Egan's move to five-eighth sees Freddy Lussick start at hooker. 

Josh Curran will play off the interchange bench alongside Eliesa Katoa and Bunty Afoa.

Ben Murdoch-Masila (elbow) is expected back in Round 24.

New Zealand Warriors Team List


1. Reece Walsh
2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
3. Marcelo Montoya 
4. Euan Aitken 
5. Edward Kosi
6. Wayde Egan 
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Addin Fonua-Blake
9. Freddy Lussick 
10. Tohu Harris
11. Bayley Sironen 
12. Jack Murchie 
13. Aaron Pene

Interchange

14. Taniela Otukolo
15. Bunty Afoa  
16. Eliesa Katoa 
17. Josh Curran 

Reserves

18. Jackson Frei
22. Adam Pompey

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Verdict

South Sydney rarely blow teams away and New Zealand were solid in their defeat to Melbourne last week. I am backing the Warriors with the start.

Sticking with Alex Johnston makes sense after scoring 74 tries in his last 61 NRL games.

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