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NRL: In-form Warriors targeting top four

New Zealand Warriors are flying and will look to keep their fine run of form going when they entertain South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday night.

The Warriors are one of the surprise packages of the season so far and sit fifth on the NRL ladder with nine wins from 15 games.

They have surpassed all expectations and now the aim is to finish the season strong and play finals.

South Sydney need to get their season back on track following some bad results that has seen them slip down the ladder to eighth.

Such is the tight nature of the ladder they are just four points off top, but they cannot afford to keep losing games.

We look set for another exciting game and there could be little to separate the two sides.

WhatNew Zealand Warriors v South Sydney Rabbitohs
WhereGo Media Stadium, Auckland
When18:00 (AEST), Friday 30th June, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsNew Zealand Warriors 1.78, South Sydney Rabbitohs 2.05

Warriors hitting top form

The Warriors have won four of the last five games, with the only loss coming against the high-flying Broncos.

Andrew Webster’s side smashed the Dragons by 30 points last weekend and confidence should be sky high heading into the Rabbitohs game.

They recorded nine tries against the Dragons, with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scoring four of them. Indeed, the winger has scored 10 in his last five games and will be a massive threat to the bunnies.

So too will fellow winger Marcelo Montoya, who has scored four tries in his last four games against the Rabbitohs.

They are priced at 7.00 and 11.00 respectively to grab the first try of the game.

The Warriors will have to overcome history, however, as well as a strong Rabbitohs side if they are to pick up the two points. They have not beaten Souths in Auckland since 2012, but this could be their best chance.

Souths out to stop the slide

It has been a tough few weeks for Souths, who have won just one game in their last five to drop down the ladder.

Before that, the Bunnies were looking like genuine premiership contenders and they need to rediscover that form.

The 16-point loss to the Dragons, followed by 25-point home loss to the Cowboys last week may have set alarm bells ringing at the club and a response is needed.

The loss of star fullback Latrell Mitchell to injury has not helped matters, but there is still enough quality in the side to get them climbing the ladder again.

Souths have a great record against the Warriors, winning 13 out of the last 14, and in Alex Johnston they have arguably the most lethal try-scorer in the NRL.

He has scored 10 tries in nine games against the Warriors and is priced at 1.77 to score at anytime.

However, if they are to get back on track, Jason Demetriou’s side need to sort their defence out, as they are allowing far too many points.

In each of their last five games they have conceded at least 28 points and that is something the free-scoring Warriors will be looking to exploit.

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