South Sydney Rabbitohs are now considered by many as NRL Premiership favourites after their impressive win over Manly Sea Eagles last weekend. They can go top of the NRL ladder – temporarily at least – by beating Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night.
The Rabbitohs are desperate to make the Grand Final this year after defeats in the Preliminary Final in each of the last two seasons. What appears to be different this time around is that they are coming into peak form at the end of the year, whereas previously they have tailed off after making a strong start.
The squad is in good shape at this time of year with only John Sutton a noticeable absence through injury. Even when he does return he may find himself in the back row such has been the form of Luke Keary.
Keary’s introduction seems to have also sparked Adam Reynolds into season best form. Reynolds was subject to criticism during a winless period in mid-season, although it should also be said that he was carrying a knee injury that seems to have cleared up in recent weeks.
George Burgess misses this match as he serves the first of a two match suspension. However Isaac Luke is free to play after he took an early guilty plea for a charge stemming from the same incident in the Manly game.
Thursday 14th August, ANZ Stadium Homebush 19:45
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncos