The Rabbitohs have started the season pretty well, leaking a few points early against Melbourne but since have been very strong. Dealing with the lowly teams comfortably and bashing Easts in our next top side showdown. On the back of a three game win streak we’ve seen Cody, Latrell, Cook, Reynolds and Benji at their best but not yet altogether. The Rabbitohs are a ticking time bomb about to put 50+ on some poor team.
That will probably have to wait with Cody suspended. It will be important how we cover his loss, I’m sure Benji will be a very good 5/8th, but Cody is the one who has a strong combination with all of our key players and is usually there to capitalise on half opportunities. This part of Cody’s game has to be compensated by the rest of the spine, notably Latrell Mitchell.
The Broncos have a 1-3 record, only beating the Dogs in one of the worst games I’ve ever watched. They’re very unstable and erratic but to their credit, can play some decent footy at times but it rarely lasts.
The spine has been pretty woeful for most of the season, searching for answers and not playing footy. Defence is still a major worry, as is mental resolve but they have some quality kids in the roster. Look at last week where they went with the Storm until Papenhuyzen exploded.
Where it will be won
Similar to last week, big lapses from the Broncos will likely lead to points and it’s up to Souths to put them to the sword in these periods, take the game away from them and kill their brittle resolve.
Kevvie has selected TPJ to play lock signifying that he wants them to start fast, and I think they will, with 3 big boppers starting. This will be a good test to our own ability to start fast.
I think the game will start reasonably close, but Souths will start to prove their class by the first quarter and run away with it in the end. Rabbitohs win 13+
Little shout out to Dean Hawkins, making his debut off the bench.