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St George Illawarra Dragons vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Bunnies to bounce back

  • St George Illawarrra Dragons and South Sydney Rabbitohs kick off Round 12 of the NRL season on Thursday
  • The opening whistle is scheduled for 10.50am BST
  • Both teams are fresh off narrow defeats and need to win stay in finals contention
  • Who will keep in touch with the top-eight?
Damien Cook
Damien Cook has been a star for the Bunnies this season (Getty)
 

The St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs get Round 12 of the 2020 NRL season underway in what is a big game for both clubs.

After suffering narrow defeats last week, these two teams now sit just outside finals contention and need to win to remain in touch with the top-eight.

Dragons Form & Team News


The Dragons let a poor second half cost them against the Cronulla Sharks last week, conceding four of five tries in the opening 40 minutes. The big red V did score two unanswered tries after a tense ten minutes in the second half but ultimately left their run too late.

Trent Merrin and Adam Clune (head knocks) have been ruled out after failing the first step of their HIA protocols. The coaching staff will weigh up whether to move Ben Hunt from hooker back to his preferred position of halfback.

The St George Dragons team for Thursday can be found below:

1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jackson Ford 14. Tyrell Fuimaono 15. Josh Kerr 16. Jacob Host 17. Tristan Sailor 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Jason Saab 20. Jayden Sullivan 21. Korbin Sims

Rabbitohs Form & Team News

 
The Bunnies were left to chase their tail for the majority of the match against the Raiders in Canberra after giving up two unanswered tries to open the match. The Rabbitohs eventually squared that ledger up but when Semi Valemei crossed the line in the 56th minute Souths had no answer.

In a massive boost for the Bunnies, Latrell Mitchell is set to return from suspension at fullback.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs team for Thursday can be found below:

1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Jaxson Paulo 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Alex Johnston 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Keaon Koloamatangi 17. Patrick Mago 18. Jack Johns 19. Corey Allan 20. Kurt Dillon 21. Troy Dargan

Dragons vs Rabbitohs Head to Head


Souths hold a dominant record over St George, winning the last four matches between sides. Dating back to 2013 the Bunnies have won 11 of a possible 13 matches against the Dragons, and won both meetings between the sides in 2019.

Dragons vs Rabbitohs Betting Odds


The Rabbitohs are the hot 1.55 favourites heading into Thursday's game, with the Dragons the 2.45 outsiders.

St George gets a +4.5 head start in the handicap betting.

Dragons vs Rabbitohs Match Up


Dragons centre Zac Lomax has played a key role in St George Illawarra's recent resurgence. In particular, his combination with fullback Matt Dufty has been a season-defining partnership.

Dane Gagai has also got hot of late, the Rabbitohs veteran crossing against the Raiders to take his season tally to seven tries. That includes a treble against Wests Tigers in round nine and a double against the Titans in round five.

Dragons vs Rabbitohs Stats


  • Punters are confident in Rabbtiohs with the odds shortening from 1.60 into 1.54
  • Rabbitohs have won 11 of the last 13 meetings
  • The Dragons win just 20 per cent of the games they lead at half time
  • A loss for either side could see them as far back as three wins from finals contention

Dragons vs Rabbitohs FAQ

What time does the Dragons vs Rabbitohs match kick off?

The Dragons vs Rabbitohs match is scheduled to kick off at 10.50am BST on Thursday, July 30.

Where is the Dragons vs Rabbitohs match being played?

The Dragons vs Rabbitohs match is being played at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, which is located in Sydney.

Can I watch a live stream of the Dragons vs Rabbitohs match?

Visit our live streaming page for information on how you can watch the Dragons vs Rabbitohs live stream.

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Verdict

The Rabbitohs look to be the vastly superior team on paper. We're backing them to cover the line on Thursday.

Best Bet: South Sydney (-4.5) Match Line Bet @+100 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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