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Last updated: 21 Mar 2024
Jeremy Darke 21 Mar 2024
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  • Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs expert predictions for Friday’s NRL game
  • Kick off is at 8:05 PM at Allianz Stadium
  • Rabbitohs defence continues to struggle in 2024.
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Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs
Cam Murray returns to lock for the Rabbits. (Getty Images)

Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Tips

The Rabbitohs will continue to have problems in defence when they face the Roosters in the Sydney derby at Allianz on Friday, despite getting a boost from new recruit Jack Wighton playing his first game in the green and red.
  • Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Tips
  • Head to Head 
  • Sydney Roosters Form
  • Sydney Roosters Team News
  • Sydney Roosters Team List
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Form
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List

The Rabbitohs defensive issues dating back to mid-way through last season and things do not look any better to start the 2024 NRL season either, conceding the most points of any team in the comp after 2 rounds. 

The Roosters were also stunned by Manly’s attack in round 2, just as the bunnies were in Vegas, however, it wasn’t to the same extent and Sydney looked more likely to compete than what the Rabbits have done over the last 2 weeks. 

I am going to walk a fine line in this game and predict that the Roosters do score 20+ points in the game, but I will lean on their defence to keep the Rabbits at bay and the game total under 40.5 points. 

The Bunnies have had issues stopping the attack on their left wing and have conceded a few tries out on the edge. Dominic young got a runaway try in his first game for the Roosters and I expect that Sydney will move the ball to the Brits wing often this weekend.

  • South Sydney has conceded an average of 32 points in their opening 2 matches.
  • Both of the Roosters matches have hit the Under in 2024.
  • The Under has hit in the last 4 matches between Sydney and South Sydney.
  • Souths have conceded 3 tries to right wingers this season.

Head to Head 

The Roosters won both matches against the Rabbitohs in 2023 beating them by two points in round 3 at Allianz and by 14 points in round 27, which decided the fate of Sydney making the finals and Souths missing the eight.

The Roosters also have it over the Bunnies in recent years, beating the Rabbit in their last three regular season games.

Sydney Roosters Form

The Sea Eagles rampaged the roosters in round 2 punishing them with a 21-14 victory.

Manly had 18 percent more territory and ran for 30 percent more run metres than the Roosters who looked shell-shocked by the Sea Eagles and could not get into the game making silly errors in their own end of the field. It was a completely different performance to what they produced against the Broncos in Vegas.

Sydney Roosters Team News

Halfback Luke Keary will miss the match with concussion with Sandon Smith coming in to replace him and Connor Watson moving into Smith’s spot on the bench.

Nat Butcher will move into the starting backrow spot with Angus Crichton making his first appearance on the bench with Siua Wong getting dropped.

Sydney Roosters Team List

1. James Tedesco
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Joseph Suaalii
4. Joey Manu
5. Dom Young
6. Sandon Smith
7. Sam Walker
8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9. Brandon Smith
10. Lindsay Collins
11. Nat Butcher
12. Sitili Tupouniua
13. Victor Radley

14. Connor Watson
15. Naufahu Whyte
16. Terrell May
17. Angus Crichton

18. Michael Jennings
19. Egan Butcher
20. Billy Smith
21. Zach Dockar-Clay
​​​​​​​22. Siua Wong

South Sydney Rabbitohs Form

The Bunnies have put in two underwhelming performances to start the year losing both of their opening matches by double-digits. 

Their defence is following similar trends to how they ended last season leaking points all over the field and averaging 32 points against in their two opening games. 

The Rabbitohs went down to the Broncos on Thursday night 28-18 with a consolation try in the 80th minute by Latrell Mitchell which made the score prettier than it really was.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News

Jack Wighton will play his first game for the Bunnies in the centres with Richard Kennar getting dropped to the reserves.

Dean Hawkins will get a chance to start at halfback with Lachlan Ilias getting dropped. Cam Murray moves back into his familiar lock position with Jacob Host moving to the edge.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List

1. Latrell Mitchell 
2. Alex Johnston 
3. Jack Wighton
4. Isaiah Tass
5. Taane Milne
6. Cody Walker
7. Dean Hawkins
8. Tevita Tatola
9. Damien Cook
10. Davvy Moale
11. Keaon Koloamatangi
12. Jacob Host
13. Cam Murray

14. Siliva Havili
15. Tallis Duncan 
16. Sean Keppie
17. Tom Burgess

18. Michael Chee Kam
19. Lachlan Ilias
20. Shaquai Mitchell
21. Peter Mamouzelos
​​​​​​​22. Richard Kennar


The bet is against the Rabbitohs defence to concede 20+ points by the Roosters while the game total still hits the Under.

Dom Young will cause trouble for the Bunnies on the right wing and score a meat pie.

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