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NRL: Rabbitohs and Raiders looking to bounce back

South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canberra Raiders are both looking to bounce back after suffering rare defeats last weekend.

The bunnies have been in outstanding form in recent weeks when winning six on the bounce, but the run came to an end against Parramatta Eels. 

Now all eyes will be on the Rabbitohs to see how they respond against a Canberra side that are also looking to bounce back after suffering disappointment last week. 

The green machine had won five games in a row until they came unstuck against the Manly Sea Eagles. Both sides will be keen to get back to winning ways and we are set for an intriguing battle under the lights at Accor Stadium. 

Much could also depend on who copes best without their State of Origin stars. The Rabbitohs have been hardest hit after the squads were announced and the Raiders will be looking to take advantage.

Bunnies missing star trio

WhatSouth Sydney Rabbitohs v Canberra Raiders
WhereAccor Stadium, Sydney
When19:35 (AEST) Saturday 27th May, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsSouth Sydney Rabbitohs 1.72, Canberra Raiders 2.15

South Sydney Rabbitohs will be keen to return to winning ways against the Raiders, but will be missing key players due to State of Origin. 

Gun fullback Latrell Mitchell and the influential Cameron Murray are both with the New South Wales squad, while Jai Arrow has linked up with Queensland. 

It is far from ideal for coach Jason Demetriou but he will have every faith in the players who step in to do a job against the Raiders. 

Blake Taafe is the man to replace Mitchell at fullback, while Liam Knight will replace Murray at lock. Souths could also be missing Campbell Graham, who is suffering from a sternum injury, but Demetriou has yet to make a call on the player. 

However they do have winger Alex Johnston, who has a good record against the Raiders when scoring seven tries in the last 10 games against them. He is priced at 6.50 to score the first try on Saturday night.  

Damien Cook missed out on Origin selection and will be out to prove a point to Blues coach Brad Fittler. The Rabbitohs can also take plenty of heart from the fact they have made Accor Stadium something of a fortress when winning four of their past five games at the venue.

Wighton to face Souths 

The Raiders have a good record over the Rabbitohs in recent games, winning three of the last five meetings between the two sides, and will fancy their chances again. 

Their confidence should not have taken too much of a hit following the defeat to Manly and their squad has not been hit like the bunnies. 

Only Hudson Young has been called up to play Origin, so the Raiders side will have a very familiar look to it. 

Elliott Whitehead is suspended however, and that is blow to their hopes of taking the points. Jack Wighton is available after announcing his retirement from Origin and in an interesting sub-plot, he will be up against the side he will play for next season. 

The playmaker has penned a two-year deal with the bunnies and will face them for the first time since doing so. Jordan Rapana sits on 99 NRL career tries and is priced at 2.45 to score anytime during the game and make it 100. 

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