The Dragons and the Rabbitohs kick off round 12 of the 2020 NRL season with plenty at stake for both clubs.
After suffering narrow defeats, these two teams sit just outside finals contention and need to win to remain in touch with the top-eight.
Dragons Form & Team News
The Dragons let a poor second half cost them against the Cronulla Sharks
last week, conceding four of five tries in the opening 40 minutes. The big red V did score two unanswered tries after a tense ten minutes in the second half but ultimately left their run too late.
Trent Merrin and Adam Clune (head knocks) have been ruled out after failing the first step of their HIA protocols. The coaching staff will weigh up whether to move Ben Hunt from hooker back to his preferred position of halfback.
The St George Dragons team for Thursday can be found below:
1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jackson Ford 14. Tyrell Fuimaono 15. Josh Kerr 16. Jacob Host 17. Tristan Sailor 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Jason Saab 20. Jayden Sullivan 21. Korbin Sims
Rabbitohs Form & Team News
The Bunnies were left to chase their tail for the majority of the match against the Raiders in Canberra after giving up two unanswered tries to open the match. The Rabbitohs eventually squared that ledger up but when Semi Valemei crossed the line in the 56th minute Souths had no answer.
In a massive boost for the Bunnies, Latrell Mitchell is set to return from suspension at fullback.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs team for Thursday can be found below:
1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Jaxson Paulo 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Alex Johnston 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Keaon Koloamatangi 17. Patrick Mago 18. Jack Johns 19. Corey Allan 20. Kurt Dillon 21. Troy Dargan
Dragons vs Rabbitohs Head to Head
Souths hold a dominant record over St George, winning the last four matches between sides. Dating back to 2013 the Bunnies have won 11 of a possible 13 matches against the Dragons, and won both meetings between the sides in 2019.
Dragons vs Rabbitohs Betting Odds
The Rabbitohs are the hot $1.55 favourites heading into Thursday night, with the Dragons the $2.45 outsiders.
St George gets a +4.5 head start with online bookmaker Neds
Dragons vs Rabbitohs Match Up
Zac Lomax and Dane Gagai are the two men that loom as the match winners.
The Dragons centre has played a key role in St George Illawarra's recent resurgence. In particular, his combination with fullback Matt Dufty has been a season-defining partnership. Gagai has also got hot of late, the Rabbitohs veteran crossing against the Raiders to take his season tally to seven tries including a treble against Wests Tigers in round nine and a double against the Titans in round five.
Dragons vs Rabbitohs Key Stats
- Punters are confident in Rabbtiohs with the odds shortening from $1.60 into $1.54
- The Dragons win just 20 per cent of the games they lead at half time
- A loss for either side could see them as far back as three wins from finals contention