2014 NRL Grand Final Kicks Off – Preview & Predictions

South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.36) v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs ($3.25)

Sunday (05/10/2014) @ ANZ Stadium (7:20pm AEST)

It’s the 30th and final week of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership and it all comes down to this, the Bunnies v Doggies at ANZ Stadium in the Grand Final kicking off at 7:20pm this Sunday October 5.

An all-Sydney end to the season is set with the South Sydney Rabbitohs taking on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, the former clear favourites to win in the NRL Grand Final betting odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.

NRL Grand Final Tip: In 4 of the past 6 matches between these two a field goal has been kicked

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Their Path to the Grand Final

Souths finished third on the ladder at the end of the 26-week regular season and enjoyed an all-too-easy week one win over the Sea Eagles 40 – 24 in the qualifying finals earning a week off.

Canterbury meanwhile just made the cut sitting seventh on the ladder to end the season and smashing their finals week one opener with a confidence boosting 28 – 4 victory over Melbourne.

In the week two semis then the Bunnies had a week recuperating while the Bulldogs held on in a devastatingly close 18 – 17 victory over Manly to secure a preliminary playoff against the Panthers last Saturday night which they won 18 – 12.

The Rabbitohs meanwhile came off their one-week spell and were firing on all cylinders in a powerful display against the reigning premiers, the Sydney Roosters.

The Chooks had nothing against their rivals physically and Souths stormed off with an embarrassing lead before a couple of late tries to the losing team flattering the scoreline with the retiring Anthony Minichiello scoring a double.

NRL Grand Final 2014 Preview

Now the Rabbitohs break a 43-year premiership appearance drought in an NRL Grand Final sell out.

The Bulldogs are out to start a new era for the club reminiscent of their 1980s dominance and they got an early boost with Souths No. 9 Isaac Luke out after failing to beat a Grade 1 Dangerous Throw charge this week.

Canterbury’s hooker Michael Ennis meanwhile though is also in doubt after he broke two bones in his foot during their match against the Panthers last week, coach Des Hasler giving him until Sunday morning to be cleared fit to play.

Souths were one game off the Grand Final decider for the past two years but finally get to the big day as deserved favourites this year chasing their 21st premiership title.

Their team has just two players with Grand Final experience with the freakish Greg Inglis and veteran Lote Tuquiri compared to 12 for the Bulldogs on their extended 19-man line-up.

The Bulldogs last won a premiership only two years ago, and 10 of the players that still have that win fresh in their minds play on Sunday.

While they’ve got the tick for GF experience, when it comes to plays to watch it’s all the Bunnies and their seemingly unstoppable up-the-middle momentum.

They’ll be out to get the upper hand early like they did and muscle their way ahead like they did against Sydney last week before settling into stride and letting the flow of the game work for them.

Still the Bulldogs defense can be very, very good as proven during their second-half efforts last week.

Then again, they’re going to have to be with Souths losing in the last 20 minutes just six times out of the 26 games played this season.

History Shows

  • Games Played – 149
  • Rabbitohs Won – 67
  • Bulldogs Won – 78
  • Draw – 4
  • Last GF Played – 1967 Souths 12 beat Bulldogs 10

NRL Grand Final Prediction

South Sydney to Win by 16 @ Ladbrokes.com.au

They may have lost Luke in a big blow but the Bunnies can bounce back with plenty of other key talent to keep them firing.

Hasler knows how to get a team to the top, but think he’s bitten off too much this year with Souths to break the hoodoo with a well-earned win.

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