Monday’s only NRL Round 20 match is between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:00 local time with the game to be played at Allianz Stadium. The home team South Sydney Rabbitohs are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles.
When: 19:00 | Monday 25/07/2016
Where: Allianz Stadium
Tip: South Sydney Rabbitohs at $2.15
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Bryson Goodwin at $18.00
Rabbitohs: 1. Cody Walker 2. Alex Johnston 3. Bryson Goodwin 4. Aaron Gray 5. Joe Burgess 6. Luke Keary 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Cameron McInnes 10. David Tyrrell 11. John Sutton 12. Kyle Turner 13. Sam Burgess. Interchange: 14. Jason Clark 15. Nathan Brown 16. Angus Crichton 17. George Burgess 18. Damien Cook.
Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Lewis Brown 4. Brayden Wiliame 5. Matthew Wright 6. Jamie Lyon 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Darcy Lussick 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Nathan Green 12. Jamie Buhrer 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Blake Leary 15. Josh Starling 16. Nate Myles 17. Siosaia Vave 22. Addin Fonua-blake.
South Sydney are hopeful of having halfback Adam Reynolds back next week as their finals hopes lurched into crisis territory for the first time in Michael Maguire’s reign.
Reynolds suffered a freak quad injury while warming up and was a late scratching from the Rabbitohs’ 30-10 NRL loss to Brisbane at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
It continued the halfback’s wretched injury run, having been sidelined for most of the first two months of the season with a broken jaw before missing State of Origin III with a shoulder problem.
Coach Maguire said he believed the injury wasn’t serious and was upbeat about Reynolds’ chances of facing Manly on Monday week.
“Unfortunately prior to the warm up he was doing a bit of kicking and just strained his quad so he wasn’t able to get out and join us tonight,” Maguire said.
“We’re facing a few different pieces of adversity but through this adversity there’s a lot of character growing within individuals.
“My leaders are starting to show some real strength around what we’re doing and we need to keep doing that.”
The Rabbitohs now look set to miss the finals for the first time since Maguire took over in 2012.
They need to win seven of their last seven to make the eight and must contend with a horror draw.
They face five top-eight sides – including ladder leaders Cronulla and second-placed Melbourne – in the run home.
Sam Burgess said the side was being let down by the fundamentals, in particular their poor completion rate, and was at somewhat of a loss when asked how they could turn it around.
“It’s not great is it,” Burgess said.
“We’re not completing with the ball and we’re making it very hard for ourselves.
“I felt like we were in that game but if you look at the scoreboard it was 30-10 but there were some tries we should have stopped and a few early errors that set us back 18 points.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change