Round 12 of the 2014 NRL season concludes on Monday with a clash between historic rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra Dragons. Monday night’s clinical victory over an under strength Cronulla demonstrated that the Rabbitohs are a much improved side from the start of the season. However, they will know better than to underestimate their opponents after losing in golden point extra time in the corresponding game last season.
Souths are one of the only sides with Origin players who all appeared to come through game one unscathed. All three who played for Queensland on Wednesday come straight back into the squad, while Nathan Merritt didn’t do enough against the Sharks to retain his place this week.
Paul McGregor will take charge of the Dragons for the first time since the sacking of Steve Price. McGregor will not have had a great deal of time to work with the players as he was on duty with New South Wales when Price was let go last Monday.
The Dragons will be looking for a better display from Benji Marshall as the new recruit has had a couple of weeks to settle in at his new club. In Marshall’s first appearance they had a lot of possession in attacking situations but couldn’t pull off any point scoring plays.
Dragons fans will be hoping to see a vast improvement on that 36-0 loss to the Eels. Their forwards have been heavily criticised in recent weeks, and will have to step up a gear against a pack that is considered one of the best in the competition.
Monday 2nd June, ANZ Stadium Homebush