Rabbitohs vs Dragons: South Sydney tipped to slay inconsistent Dragons side

Rabbitohs left edge tipped to pile on the points in high scoring NRL Semi-Final
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Souths skipper Greg Inglis represents some good value in the marketplace to cross the try line (Getty Images)

Rabbitohs vs Dragons Preview & Betting Tips


The Rabbitohs will lock horns with the Dragons at ANZ Stadium in the NRL Semi-Final. The winner will progress to the preliminary final to face the Sydney Roosters for a spot in the NRL Grand Final.

South Sydney Rabbitohs


The Rabbitohs were desperately unlucky to lose a thriller to the Storm at AMMI Park in Melbourne 29-28. Halfback Adam Reynolds has been confirmed as a starter for Souths in their must win clash with the Dragons.

The Rabbitohs left edge attack was outstanding with Greg Inglis contributing two tries and Robert Jennings also crossing for a try. Jennings has been a revelation for Souths this season with 19 tries, leaving him the 3rd highest try scorer in the NRL.

With no Gareth Widdop, the Burgess brothers must look to target Ben Hunt in the defensive line. Hunt has missed 112 tackles this season and has been down on confidence since the Origin period and an early mistake from Hunt will through some doubts in the Dragons side. 
St George Illawarra Dragons

The Dragons shocked the competition with a 48-18 rout over the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. The Dragons backrow of Tariq Sims and Tyson Frizell were instrumental on the edge of the ruck, with Sims scoring a hat-trick of tries.

The Dragons are set to be without the services of Jack De Bellin and Gareth Widdop for the crucial clash with the Rabbitohs, with Widdop suffering a dislocated shoulder. 

Ben Hunt has struggled as the club’s chief playmaker in Widdop’s absence, missing 112 tackles in defence, second only to James Maloney in the NRL. 

Hunt will have to contend with the experienced Burgess brothers and Alex Crichton targeting him on the fringes of the ruck. Hunt has struggled for consistency this season and it’s a tough ask for him to overcome his finals demons.

Ben Hunt has missed 112 tackles in 2018, the 2nd highest in the NRL (Getty Images)

Head-to-Head


The Dragons have the edge in their rivalry with the Rabbitohs enjoying 17 wins to the Rabbitohs 13 victories. These two sides split their regular season games this season with the Dragons winning 16-12 in round 5 at Kogarah Oval before the Rabbitohs squared the ledger 24-10 at ANZ Stadium in round 10. 

The Dragons have yet to play the Rabbitohs in the finals since their merger.

Match Up


The Dragons back row exploded to life last weekend taking advantage of the Broncos inexperienced defenders on the fringe of the ruck. They won’t have the same luxury this week against the Rabbitohs. 

The Rabbitohs left side attack of Greg Inglis and Robert Jennings scored three tries last week against the Storm and there will be plenty of points on offer against the Dragons. Without Gareth Widdop, the Rabbitohs back row will be aiming to increase the pressure on Bent Hunt and Cameron McInnes.

Key Statistics


  • Rabbitohs winger Robert Jennings is 3rd in the tryscoring charts - 19 tries.
  • Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis has scored 3 tries in his last 3 matches.
  • The Rabbitohs are the No.1 attacking side in the NRL, ranked 1st in line break assists and try assists.
  • Ben Hunt has missed 112 tackles for the Dragons, the 2nd highest in the NRL.
  • Dragons hooker Cameron McInnes has conceded 29 penalties this season. 

Verdict 


The Rabbitohs face a confident Dragons side who were able to get the better of the Broncos at Suncorp last week. The Bunnies were undone against the Storm and I’m backing them to bounce back against the Dragons. 

Greg Inglis was back to his devastating best last week on the left edge of the ruck, and his combination with Robert Jennings will do plenty of damage against the Dragons. 

Margin Bet: South Sydney Rabbitohs 1-12 @ 3.30 
First Tryscorer: Robert Jennings @ 8.00
Anytime Tryscorer: Greg Inglis @ 2.10
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Dan Gardner 12 September 2018

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