South Sydney Rabbitohs v Sydney Roosters
4pm AEDT, Sunday, March 15
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
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The two title favourites and bitter enemies South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters square off on Sunday in what shapes as an absolute classic. Both were ultra-impressive in Round 1 and both love nothing more than a win over the other. The class on the field in this one is incredible and with two bright young coaches this will be something special.
Both South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters are unchanged after wins last week. Martin Kennedy could be a late inclusion according to The Mole after the Roosters played in tough humidity last week.
The Rabbits-Roosters rivalry is the longest in the NRL with the two teams playing 210 times in premiership history. Souths have the all-time advantage 110-95 with five draws played though the Roosters have scored 16 more points. Souths have had the best of it lately with four wins in the last six clashes including a 32-22 demolition in last year’s preliminary final. The Rabbitohs have won four of the last six at ANZ. The last nine matches between the two sides have tallied 36 or more.
Both the Bunnies and the Chooks were scintillating in the season opener. The Rabbitohs rolled through the Broncos in a 30-point win, on the back of 58% possession and just 13 missed tackles while Adam Reynolds forced three dropouts. They were scrappy with the ball and played conservative in attack but were rarely challenged. The Roosters had just 45% of the ball but won 28-4 in Townsville in a super impressive victory. The Chooks were typically ill-disciplined losing the penalty count 10-2 but set up their win with an average kick return of 18.4 metres and desperate defence.
There are incredible matchups all across the park but the most critical is the battle of No.7s Adam Reynolds and Mitchell Pearce. Both were sensational in Round 1. Reynolds booted 16 points and tore Brisbane apart with a devastating kicking game and five tackle breaks. Pearce had two try assists against the Cowboys and had the ball on a string with his temperament and organisation near-perfect. The Blues No.7 is on the line this year and these two are leading the race.
Stats That Matter
Souths are 16-10 (12-14 ATS) at ANZ over the last three seasons with a 15-11 under record. The Roosters are 3-2 straight and ATS at the ground and are 16-8 (12-12 ATS) with a 15-9 over record away from Allianz. The Bunnies have covered just three of their last eight day games with the over 6-2 in said matches while the Roosters are 7-1 ATS with a 7-1 over record. Souths are 7-3 ATS when favoured by less than four points while the Roosters are 3-4 ATS as outsiders over the same time. The Roosters are 10-3 (8-5 ATS) off keeping a team to six points or less while the Rabbitohs are 5-2 straight and ATS. The Roosters are 5-2 ATS off an interstate game.
Games don’t get much better than this in a clash that could well be a preview of the Grand Final this season. There are great clashes all over the park in this one and on a sunny Sunday afternoon … wow. The Roosters are the play in this. Their victory in the season opener was more impressive than it looked and they beat a much better team than Souths fresh. The Roosters also look to have that hunger back that was missing last year. Two brilliant attacks, two classy defences but the Chooks are the value at odds against.
How It’s Shaping Up
Sydney Roosters by 4
Sydney Roosters ($2.05)
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Souths vs Sydney Roosters Comparison Betting Odds
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