Saturday’s second NRL Round 2 match is between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Newcastle Knights. The opening bounce is set to commence at 17:05 local time with the game to be played at ANZ 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 Newcastle Knights.
When: 17:05 | Saturday 12/03/2016
Where: ANZ Stadium
Tip: South Sydney Rabbitohs at $1.30
Value BET: First Try Scorer: Chris Grevsmuhl $23.00
South Sydney Rabbitohs:
1 Greg Inglis 2 Alexander Johnston 3 Bryson Goodwin 4 Hymel Hunt 5 Aaron Gray 6 Cody Walker 7 Luke Keary 8 George Burgess 9 Cameron McInnes 10 David Tyrrell 11 Paul Carter 12 Kyle Turner 13 Samuel Burgess.
Interchange: 14 Damien Cook 15 Jason Clark 16 Nathan Brown 17 Chris Grevsmuhl 18 Kirisome Auva’a.
Ins: Luke Keary, George Burgess, Nathan Brown.
Outs: Adam Reynolds (jaw), John Sutton (pectoral), Zan Musgrove (wrist).
1 Jaelen Feeney 2 Nathan Ross 3 Dane Gagai 4 Pat Mata’utia 5 Akuila Uate 6 Jarrod Mullen 7 Trent Hodkinson 8 Sam Mataora 9 Tyler Randell 10 Korbin Sims 11 Jacob Safiti 12 Robert Rochow 13 Jeremy Smith.
Interchange: 14 Danny Levi 15 David Bhana 16 Lachlan Fitzgibbon 17 Daniel Safiti 18 Sione Mata’utia 21 Kade Snowden.
Ins: Nathan Ross,Danny Levi, Lachlan Fitzgibbon.
Outs: Sione Mata’utia, Chanel Mata’utia, Kade Snowden, Pauli Pauli.
South Sydney coach Michael Maguire says he and Luke Keary are in constant communication surrounding the playmaker’s future at the NRL club.
Reports are intensifying the off-contract five-eighth could be on the outer at the Rabbitohs, but Maguire has indicated he sees a future for the 24-year-old at Souths.
“My regard and my thoughts about him are definitely about him being here,” Maguire said.
“I think he’s a quality player and a quality individual. We’ve just got to work through what’s in front of us.”
Maguire also laughed off rumours of a split between the pair.
Keary was involved in an off-season bust-up with club co-owner Russell Crowe, but Maguire was adamant that hadn’t extended to any dramas related to himself.
“I don’t know where you guys find things,” he told reporters.
“That’s speculation on our side. The playing group and myself, I’m very happy with them and I know exactly where we’re at.”
Keary has also been linked with a potential move to rugby union, where he represented Australia at schoolboys level.
Again though, Maguire suggested that would be news to him.
“(It was a) different one,” he said.
“I guess there is always going to be speculation when people are off-contract with all sorts of things.”
Keary will return from suspension for Saturday night’s clash with Newcastle, desperate to make the most of an opportunity presented by the 12-week jaw injury sustained by halfback Adam Reynolds.
It had been suggested Keary may have originally lost his first grade spot to rookie Cody Walker, however the Reynolds injury should give him the best part of the next three months to play for both his short-term and long-term future.
“He’s got a lot of hunger with how he has been around training,” Maguire said.
“He’s looking forward to just focusing on his footy. The footy will do the talking and as an organisation he knows the direction we’re going.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change