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NRL: Rabbitohs need to start bouncing to reach finals

South Sydney Rabbitohs face three massive games as they look to secure a place in the eight, starting with a must-win clash against the St George/Illawarra Dragons.

The Rabbitohs only sit in eighth spot on points difference and they need to win their last three games to make sure of a place in finals, so a home victory against a Dragons side fighting to avoid the wooden spoon is a must.

New Zealand Warriors continue to have a great season and will look to consolidate their position of third spot on the ladder when they take on a wounded Wests Tigers.

Sydney Roosters are another side who need to finish strongly to keep their top-eight hopes alive, but a home clash against the Dolphins will be far from easy.

Rabbitohs simply have to win

WhatSouth Sydney Rabbitohs v St George/Illawarra Dragons
WhereBarlow Park, Cairns
When15:00 (AEST), Saturday 12th August 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsSouth Sydney Rabbitohs 1.10, St George/Illawarra Dragons 7.00

Souths were very disappointing when losing 26-16 against the Cronulla Sharks in Perth last week and they are on the road again, this time in Cairns.

The Rabbitohs looked on course for a heavy defeat against the Sharks, but managed to wake up late in the game to make the scoreline respectable.

The Dragons may be having a season to forget, but they do have a good record against the Rabbitohs. They won 36-30 back in June and have won the last two games against the Bunnies.

South Sydney do not enjoy playing in Cairns either, winning just one of their last four games, so the Dragons could sense an upset.

The Red V can be backed at 13.00 to cause an upset and win by 1-5 points.

Warriors closing on top-four spot

WhatWests Tigers v New Zealand Warriors
WhereFMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
When17:30 (AEST), Saturday 12th Augusts 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsWests Tigers 4.60, New Zealand Warriors 1.19

The Warriors continue to shine this season and look set for a place in the top-four and a double shot in finals.

They have won their last four games on the bounce and with the run-in for the rest of the season looking favourable, the top four is looking good.

The Warriors can be backed at 1.02 to finish in the top four and could take a big step towards that with another win.

Wests Tigers need a miracle to avoid the wooden spoon and have to pick up a couple of wins and hope the Dragons slip up.

They did show some encouraging signs against the Canberra Raiders last week before slipping to a narrow 22-18 defeat.

David Nofoaluma has scored eight tries in 12 games against the Warriors and is priced at 13.00 to grab the first on Saturday.

Win or bust for Roosters

WhatSydney Roosters v Dolphins
WhereAllianz Stadium, Sydney
When19:35 (AEST), Saturday 12th August 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsSydney Roosters 1.31, Dolphins 3.50

The Roosters must win their remaining four games and hope other results go their way if they are to make the eight.

Missing finals was unthinkable at the start of the season, as they were expected to challenge for the premiership, but they have been far too inconsistent.

They bounced back well to beat Manly Sea Eagles by 10 points last week and will now be out for revenge against the Dolphins.

The NRL’s 17th club pulled off a huge shock on their league debut when beating the Roosters on their own patch in round one.

If they are to pull off another surprise, the Dolphins can be backed at 8.50 to win by 1-5 points.

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