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NRL: Wayne Bennett sets sights on South Sydney Rabbitohs

Super coach Wayne Bennett will be up against another of his former clubs when the Dolphins take on South Sydney Rabbitohs on Thursday evening.

Bennett guided Souths to the 2021 NRL Grand Final, which they lost 14-12 to Penrith Panthers, before stepping aside to take a short break from the game.

He has since made his return as coach of the Dolphins and is again working his magic as they continue their debut NRL campaign.

The Dolphins sit fourth on the ladder after winning four of their opening six games, while Souths have won three, lost three and are down in 10th.

The Bunnies are the hot fancies, but the Dolphins have already caused more than one upset this season and are capable of another.

Many had the Dolphins down as wooden spoon contenders in their first season, but they are now looking to play finals and can be backed at 2.50 to make the top eight.

Thursday night’s clash at Suncorp has all the ingredients needed to make it a classic.

WhatDolphins v South Sydney Rabbitohs
WhereSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When20:50 (AEST), Thursday 13th April
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsDolphins 3.60, South Sydney 1.28

Bromwich back for Dolphins

The Dolphins are proving the doubters wrong so far this season. Not only that, they are proving they can still get the wins with key players missing.

Bennett’s men pulled off a big win over North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville last week, and they did it without skipper Jesse Bromwich, Sean O’Sullivan and Anthony Milford.

That goes to show the strength in depth that Bennett has managed to assemble in a very short space of time.

They continue to play with heart, spirit and plenty of quality and the Rabbitohs know they will be in for a very tough game.

The Dolphins showed what they are capable of at Suncorp when shocking the Roosters in round one, while they also ran the Broncos close in round four.

After a disappointing defeat to the Dragons, they bounced back in style against the Cowboys and should have the feel-good factor heading into the game.

Another plus for the Dolphins is Bennett knows the Souths player inside out. Speaking ahead of the game Bennett hailed the quality of both Cody Walker and Latrell Mitchell, but now he is out to stop them.

And he knows better than most how to do that. It will be easier said than done, but keeping those two quiet will be key to the Dolphins’ chances.

Bennett has also won the last seven games when coaching against the Rabbitohs and will be out to make it eight.

There is some good news for Bennett as skipper Bromwich returns from illness and will take his place in the side.

In other changes, Robert Jennings returns to play on the wing, while Ray Stone will play in the forwards. There is no Jarrod Wallace however as he sits out with concussion.

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Mitchell back on song for Souths

It has been an indifferent start to the season for Souths, and the same can be said of superstar Mitchell.

He had been criticised for his lack of involvement heading into the game against the Bulldogs last weekend, but in true Mitchell style he silenced the critics.

He scored a hat-trick of tries in the 50-16 win and will be determined to carry that form into the game against his former mentor. The fullback can be backed at 2.10 to score a try at any point during the game.

The Rabbitohs have also been handed a big double boost with the news that Alex Johnston and Jai Arrow have recovered from concussion and hamstring issues respectively and can take their places in the side.

Johnston is a try-scoring machine and can be backed at 6.50 to grab the opener. He also loves Suncorp having scored 11 tries in his past nine games at the venue.

Walker has scored four tries in his last three games and is another player to keep an eye out for.

It is not all good news for the Rabbitohs though, as Tevita Tatola misses out with a knee injury, but they will feel they still have enough talent to get the job done.

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