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NRL: Rabbitohs and Roosters to renew hostilities

In one of the best grudge matches the NRL has to offer, Friday night sees the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters go head to head once again.

With the added spice of both teams battling to keep their seasons alive, the mood of supporters of each club over the weekend will be determined by Friday night’s result at Accor Stadium.

WhatSouth Sydney Rabbitohs v Sydney Roosters
WhereAccor Stadium, Sydney
When20:00 (AEST) Friday 1st September, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsSouth Sydney Rabbitohs 1.82, Sydney Roosters 2.00

Rabbitohs in touching distance

Victory for South Sydney would see them through to the finals for a sixth consecutive season, with the Rabbitohs enjoying a 37-point differential advantage over the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL standings.

There was little to choose from between the Rabbitohs and the Roosters the last time these rivals went toe to toe, with the latter coming out on top 20-18.

The Rabbitohs have struggled for consistency of late and go into this next game on the back of a 29-10 defeat to the Newcastle Knights.

Blake Taaffe is set to play fullback with Latrell Mitchell sidelined due to suspension, while Izaac Thompson comes in for fellow winger Taane Milne.

The Rabbitohs have a four-win, four-loss record at Accor Stadium so far this season in the NRL, while the Roosters will be playing at the venue for the first time this year and are winless in their past four visits to this particular venue.

With that in mind, the Rabbitohs are the slight favourites at 1.82 to claim the victory and the bragging rights in Sydney that would go with it. 

Roosters relying on results elsewhere

The Roosters head into this encounter undefeated in their last four games but they might have left it too late to reach the finals.

The Roosters’ 38 differential means they need to overcome the the Rabbitohs on Friday night and then likely rely on the Canberra Raiders and Cowboys losing to the Cronulla Sharks and Penrith Panthers respectively.

The visitors will be boosted by the return of skipper James Tedesco who is back in the starting lineup after missing Round 26 to a knock to the head.

Joey Manu suffered a hamstring injury against Wests Tigers but has recovered in time to feature against the Rabbitohs this week.

The Rooster will still be without prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves after he failed in his appeal to have a Grade Two Dangerous Contact charge downgraded.

That means Fletcher Baker starts in the front-row in Waerea-Hargreaves’ place, while Angus Chrichton is moved to the bench.

The Roosters are available 2.00 to pick up the valuable win that would keep their finals hopes alive going into the weekend’s NRL action. 

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