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Warriors Take On Rabbitohs


Warriors Take On Rabbitohs

Warriors Take On Rabbitohs



Warriors v South Sydney Rabbitohs

When: Friday August 18, 2017.

Where:  ANZ Stadium.

Watch it: LIVE. SKY Sport 2 from 7.30pm.

Six straight losses have Warriors fans about as desperate as they can get for some joy before the season is over.

With just three rounds to play, the Warriors are stranded on 18 competition points alongside a couple of clubs dealing with massive problems off the field, Canterbury and the Gold Coast.

It’s now hope rather than true belief from the fans. On paper, the Warriors have to be a chance despite the fact their opponents have won their last two back to back. Kieran Foran is due back from a shoulder problem to help steer the side.

There’s also the emotion of a milestone game with popular prop Jacob Lillyman turning out for his 250th match in the NRL - 188 of those have been for the Warriors.

On the negative side in terms of personnel, Steve Kearney’s team will be without Ben Matulino, suspended for one match after last week’s loss to Canberra.

The winning streak to Souths in these clashes now stands at five, with an average score line over that time of 33-16. The Warriors last win over the Bunnies was back in 2012 at Mount Smart 44-22.

The recent stats actually belie a good overall record head to head, with the Warriors having won 18 of 30.

One thing seems certain. Given a fine night there is the potential for plenty of points in this one. The Warriors defence has conceded on average 23 points a game this year, and the Rabbitohs figure isn’t much better.

It is a match there to be won. On SKY Sport on Friday night we’ll quickly learn if the Warriors are up to the task?

The hot tip:

It’s time for Sam Lisone to break his duck. Given a chance in the starting side, I’m tipping Sam to score his first try in the top grade in his 61st appearance!

Kiwi watch:

Thursday night football this week on SKY Sport will see a desperate Parramatta tackle a drama-riddled Gold Coast.

I have no idea how the Titans prepare for this one considering action off the field. There was at least one highlight for the Gold Coast last week with Samoan born and former Bay Roskill Vikings junior Paterika Vaivai, nabbing his first try in the top grade.

In Friday night’s late game I’ll be calling the clash of Brisbane and St George- Illawarra. A couple of good Kiwi wingers will go head to head with Jordan Kahu opposite Jason Nightingale.

On SKY Sport Super Saturday this week, the Melbourne Storm can confirm the minor premiership with a win over the improving Newcastle.

In game two, former Warrior Tui Lolohea will be looking to pick up where he left off in a man of the match performance last Sunday for the Tigers when they tackle the Roosters.

And in the late game, Jason Taumalolo locks horns with Paul Gallen in the Cowboys clash with Cronulla.

And if all of the above isn’t enough how about you kick back watching a SKY Sport NRL double on Sunday afternoon of Canberra against Penrith, and the Bulldogs against Manly.

From the vault:

In front of a massive home crowd of 25,070, the Warriors beat manly 36-14 in round 24, 2007.

Wearing blue and white jerseys to commemorate Auckland’s giant killing effort of 1977 when they beat Australia, Great Britain and France within the space of a month, the Warriors crossed for 6 tries to 3.

My tips for round 24:

Eels, Rabbitohs, Broncos, Storm, Roosters, Sharks, Raiders, Sea Eagles.

Twitter: @AndrewVossy

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