Friday has two NRL matches with the second game for Round 24 is between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs with the opening kick to commence at 7:35PM local time. The game is to be played at ANZ Stadium with the favourite for the match being South Sydney Rabbitohs. View our NRL live scores, odds and results for the game between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs.
WHERE AND WHEN: ANZ Stadium, Friday, 23/08, 7:35PM
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The South Sydney Rabbitohs play Canterbury in the other Friday night encounter, 7.35pm at ANZ Stadium. This is the match of the round, with both teams having a lot to play for.
The Rabbitohs can retain equal top position with a win here, and the Bulldogs need to win to keep their hopes of a top four position alive. This will be a great match as both teams will be keen to prove themselves as the finals draw near.
Souths will go into this game as favourites, but don’t count out the Bulldogs.
South Sydney Rabbitohs:
Greg Inglis, Nathan Merritt, Bryson Goodwin, Dylan Walker, Dylan Farrell, John Sutton, Adam Reynolds, Luke Burgess, Issac Luke, Roy Asotasi, Chris McQueen, Ben Te’o, Ben Lowe. Interchange: Luke Keary, Jason Clark, George Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Dave Tyrrell, Justin Hunt, Matt King
Josh Morris, Mitch Brown, Krisnan Inu, Tim Lafai, Sam Perrett, Josh Reynolds, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis, James Graham, Frank Pritchard, Tony Williams, Dale Finucane. Interchange: Dene Halatau, Josh Jackson, Tim Browne, Martin Taupau, Lachlan Burr
Souths coach feared another Inglis injury
South Sydney coach Michael Maguire admits his heart was in his mouth when superstar fullback Greg Inglis clutched his knee in his NRL comeback against Manly last Friday night.
Maguire on Wednesday declared Inglis 100 per cent fit to tackle Canterbury this Friday night, but conceded he initially feared the Test star may have suffered a recurrence of the injury that sidelined him for a month.
Souths lost three their out of their four games in Inglis’s absence before he starred in the 22-10 victory over the Sea Eagles, a vital win that kept the second-placed Rabbitohs in the hunt for the minor premiership.
“It was a bit of a nervous wait for every supporter and the coach and everyone else involved, but he got up and again that’s the toughness of what he’s become as a player now,” Maguire said.
Inglis has since been accused of diving to milk a penalty against the Sea Eagles.
“He did actually hurt that knee at that stage. He got a fair whack on it,” Maguire said.
“But he got up and played an extremely good game for us so hopefully he can do it again this Friday.”
While Inglis will be on deck for the big clash with the Bulldogs, Jeff Lima won’t be after being suspended for a leg-twisting tackle on Manly forward Anthony Watmough and Maguire revealed the remorseful prop had approached the coach to apologise.
Greats of the game condemned Lima for the tackle, with Cronulla’s NSW State of Origin captain Paul Gallen claiming he should have been outed for longer than just one week.
“It’s definitely not something we practise and it was an unfortunate incident,” Maguire said.
“I mean, he’s done a thousand tackles this year and it was one that didn’t go quite the way he would have liked and now he’s got to pay the price with one week.
“So we’ll focus on making sure his technique is the way he normally tackles.
“Jeff’s obviously pretty disappointed, but he’ll learn from that and we’ve got to make sure that all those areas we’re spot on because we don’t want (players) to be missing games.”
Souths, meanwhile, re-signed exciting rookie Luke Keary for the next two seasons but Maguire denied trying to lure Rocky Elsom back to the NRL after meeting with the former Wallabies captain at Redfern on Wednesday.
Elsom, who once lived with NRL stars Johnathan Thurston and Sonny Bill Williams during two seasons with Canterbury before switching codes to rugby union in 2003, had talks with Maguire and Souths’ high-performance coach Troy Thompson over coffee.
The 30-year-old is on the lookout for a new job after recently being released from his guest stint as an injury replacement at French Top 14 club Toulon.
“He’s actually come down to see how we go about things. That’s all it is,” Maguire told AAP.
Elsom, who played in the front row in the Bulldogs’ 2001 premiership-winning Jersey Flegg side before playing 75 Tests for the Wallabies, has also been linked to a move to French second-division rugby club Narbonne.