NRL Round 10 – Match 6 Preview: Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs

On Sunday afternoon two teams refreshed from last week’s byes come head-to-head in a classic Heritage Round clash when the Wests Tigers play the Rabbitohs at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Both rival Sydney clubs have a 50% winning strike rate this season having won four from eight so far. Last time the Bunnies played they were beaten by Manly, but were able to add some credibility to the scoreline with a solid second half comeback.

The bye came at the perfect time for the Wests Tigers last week as they were coming off three successive losses and would have needed the break to regroup and have a look at where they have gone wrong after detouring from their four wins in the first five rounds.

Wests have had a problem with getting points lately. In their Round 6 loss to the Bulldogs they only got one four-pointer, whereas earlier in the season they seemed to be taking bigger risks and playing more entertaining footy, and it was working too as they scored no less than 23 points in each of their first five games.

If they have worked out this is what they have missed in the last three, then they would be the ones to back.

The Rabbitohs need to work on putting in a consistent 80 minutes of footy if they want to stay in the top eight this year. They either have a slow start and can’t make up the points, or they give away half-time leads tiring in the final 40.

We are praying for some razzle dazzle from both teams this round, but especially from Benji Marshall who has been a little quiet on the playmaking front of late.

There is no arguing that the Tigers have a very impressive squad with the likes of Benji Marshall, Robbie Farah and the returning Lote Tuqiri, but they need to start pulling out some big moves, especially Farah if he is to get a 2010 Blues jersey.

Wests have suffered a big loss with Keith Galloway out for at least two weeks after undergoing hand surgery. He injured his hand back in round three and had been pushing through the pain for his team, but the time had come to get things fixed.

But their number seven is back and hopefully Robbie Lui can make up for Galloway’s absence.

South Sydney are either hot or their not. If they turn the heat up on Sunday they will be hard to beat especially with lively hooker Issac Luke in great form. The Bunnies score the most points from close to their opposition’s line. They like to start and pounce from 20m or less and as the Tigers goal-line defence is a weak point, this could definitely work in the Rabbitohs favour.

We have picked the underdogs in a few Round 10 matches, and we are going to do so again here as South Sydney look good value currently paying $2.80 at

Current Head-to-Head Odds: Tigers $1.75 – Rabbitohs $2.80

Round 10 Tigers Team:

1. Beau Ryan 2. Lote Tuqiri 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Daniel Fitzhenry 6. Benji Marshall 7. Robert Lui 8. Bryce Gibbs 9. Robbie Farah 10. Keith Galloway 11. Todd Payten 12. Gareth Ellis 13. Chris Heighington

Bench: 14. Andrew Fifita 15. Liam Fulton 16. Mark Flanagan 17. Mitch Brown

Reserves: 18. Junior Moors

Round 10 Rabbitohs Team:

1. Rhys Wesser 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Colin Best 4. Beau Champion 5. Fetuli Talanoa 6. John Sutton 7. Chris Sandow 8. Luke Stuart 9. Issac Luke 10. Roy Asotasi 11. Sam Burgess 12. Dave Taylor 13. Ben Lowe

Bench: 14. Scott Geddes 15. Shannan McPherson 16. Eddy Pettybourne 17. Jason Clark