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NRL Premiership, Friday, 29 March 2013 - Round 4 - ANZ Stadium

Time
80.00
Team
Canterbury-Bankstown
Score
12
Team
South Sydney
Score
17
Canterbury-Bankstown versus South Sydney
Players Brown (14min), Barba (80min) Tries 2 Tries 3 Players Burgess (34min), Merritt (56min), Goodwin (69min)
Players Inu 2/2 (100%) Conversions 2 Conversions 2 Players Reynolds 2/3 (66%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 1 Players Reynolds 1/1 (100%)

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Statistics

Match Statistics
Canterbury-BankstownSouth Sydney

1 Ben Barba

Try
1

1 Greg Inglis

2 Mitch Brown

Try
1

2 Nathan Merritt

Try
1

3 Josh Morris

3 Dylan Farrell

4 Krisnan Inu

Conversion
2

4 Bryson Goodwin

Try
1

5 Sam Perrett

5 Andrew Everingham

6 Josh Reynolds

6 John Sutton

7 Kris Keating

7 Adam Reynolds

Conversion
2
Field Goal
1

8 Aiden Tolman

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

8 Sam Burgess

9 Michael Ennis

Substitution Off
1

9 Issac Luke

Substitution Off
1

10 Martin Taupau

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

10 Roy Asotasi

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

11 Tony Williams

11 Chris McQueen

12 Josh Jackson

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

12 Ben Te'o

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

13 Greg Eastwood

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
2

13 David Tyrrell

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1
Match Statistics
Canterbury-Bankstown Interchange South Sydney Interchange

Dene Halatau

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
2

Jeff Lima

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
2

Dale Finucane

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Nathan Peats

Substitution On
1

David Klemmer

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Ben Lowe

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Frank Pritchard

Substitution On
1

George Burgess

Try
1
Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Canterbury-Bankstown vs South Sydney

  • Possession

    Canterbury-Bankstown 48%
    48% 52%
    South Sydney 52%
  • Sets

    Canterbury-Bankstown 38
    51% 49%
    South Sydney 37
  • Completed sets

    Canterbury-Bankstown 33
    52% 48%
    South Sydney 31
  • Completion rate

    Canterbury-Bankstown 87%
    51% 49%
    South Sydney 84%
  • Tackles

    Canterbury-Bankstown 312
    47% 53%
    South Sydney 346
  • Total runs

    Canterbury-Bankstown 180
    50% 50%
    South Sydney 182
  • Total run metres

    Canterbury-Bankstown 1476m
    47% 53%
    South Sydney 1670m
  • Hit-ups

    Canterbury-Bankstown 69
    46% 54%
    South Sydney 82
  • Line breaks

    Canterbury-Bankstown 2
    50% 50%
    South Sydney 2
  • Offloads

    Canterbury-Bankstown 10
    53% 47%
    South Sydney 9
  • Kicks

    Canterbury-Bankstown 26
    47% 53%
    South Sydney 29
  • 40-20 kicks

    Canterbury-Bankstown 0
    50% 50%
    South Sydney 0
  • Kick metres

    Canterbury-Bankstown 883m
    51% 49%
    South Sydney 859m
  • Penalties

    Canterbury-Bankstown 3
    60% 40%
    South Sydney 2
  • Scrums

    Canterbury-Bankstown 4
    50% 50%
    South Sydney 4
  • Missed tackles

    Canterbury-Bankstown 24
    57% 43%
    South Sydney 18
  • Errors

    Canterbury-Bankstown 6
    43% 57%
    South Sydney 8
  • | |
    Canterbury-Bankstown statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Ben Barba Fullback 80 12 94 0 7 0 1 0 2 31
    Mitch Brown Winger 1 80 18 113 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
    Josh Morris Centre 1 80 12 133 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
    Krisnan Inu Centre 2 80 10 75 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Perrett Winger 2 80 18 128 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Reynolds Five-eighth 80 9 66 2 0 0 0 1 11 368
    Kris Keating Halfback 80 6 45 0 1 0 0 0 9 368
    Aiden Tolman Prop 1 61 18 156 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Ennis Hooker 35 1 10 0 1 0 0 0 3 109
    Martin Taupau Prop 2 36 12 104 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Williams 2nd Row 1 80 12 98 1 0 0 1 1 1 7
    Josh Jackson 2nd Row 2 49 9 83 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Eastwood Lock 56 15 131 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Dene Halatau Interchange 49 5 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dale Finucane Interchange 44 11 78 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    David Klemmer Interchange 19 5 64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Frank Pritchard Interchange 51 7 56 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Canterbury-Bankstown statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Ben Barba Fullback 80 1 2 1 0 2
    Mitch Brown Winger 1 80 3 0 0 0 0
    Josh Morris Centre 1 80 19 0 0 1 1
    Krisnan Inu Centre 2 80 9 3 1 1 0
    Sam Perrett Winger 2 80 5 1 0 0 0
    Josh Reynolds Five-eighth 80 20 2 0 0 0
    Kris Keating Halfback 80 25 3 1 0 0
    Aiden Tolman Prop 1 61 36 2 2 0 1
    Michael Ennis Hooker 35 21 0 0 0 0
    Martin Taupau Prop 2 36 20 0 1 0 1
    Tony Williams 2nd Row 1 80 26 3 1 0 1
    Josh Jackson 2nd Row 2 49 28 0 1 0 0
    Greg Eastwood Lock 56 23 1 1 0 0
    Dene Halatau Interchange 49 30 1 0 0 0
    Dale Finucane Interchange 44 20 2 3 0 0
    David Klemmer Interchange 19 13 4 0 0 0
    Frank Pritchard Interchange 51 13 0 1 0 0
    South Sydney statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Greg Inglis Fullback 80 13 198 0 7 0 1 0 1 0
    Nathan Merritt Winger 1 80 15 128 1 3 1 0 1 0 0
    Dylan Farrell Centre 1 80 11 81 1 1 0 0 0 1 31
    Bryson Goodwin Centre 2 80 8 61 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Andrew Everingham Winger 2 80 10 94 1 0 0 0 0 1 19
    John Sutton Five-eighth 80 11 106 1 2 0 0 0 6 247
    Adam Reynolds Halfback 80 4 32 0 2 0 0 1 19 522
    Sam Burgess Prop 1 80 19 185 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Issac Luke Hooker 75 10 92 1 1 0 0 0 1 40
    Roy Asotasi Prop 2 37 6 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris McQueen 2nd Row 1 80 9 71 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Te'o 2nd Row 2 50 12 113 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    David Tyrrell Lock 35 8 80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jeff Lima Interchange 41 20 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Peats Interchange 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Lowe Interchange 39 13 101 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    George Burgess Interchange 38 12 101 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
    South Sydney statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Greg Inglis Fullback 80 4 0 0 1 0
    Nathan Merritt Winger 1 80 5 3 0 0 2
    Dylan Farrell Centre 1 80 16 4 2 0 1
    Bryson Goodwin Centre 2 80 19 1 3 1 1
    Andrew Everingham Winger 2 80 8 3 1 0 2
    John Sutton Five-eighth 80 28 2 0 0 0
    Adam Reynolds Halfback 80 26 2 0 1 2
    Sam Burgess Prop 1 80 34 2 1 0 0
    Issac Luke Hooker 75 39 0 3 0 0
    Roy Asotasi Prop 2 37 21 0 1 0 0
    Chris McQueen 2nd Row 1 80 34 0 0 0 0
    Ben Te'o 2nd Row 2 50 25 0 1 0 0
    David Tyrrell Lock 35 25 1 0 0 0
    Jeff Lima Interchange 41 16 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Peats Interchange 5 2 0 0 0 0
    Ben Lowe Interchange 39 25 0 1 0 0
    George Burgess Interchange 38 19 0 0 0 0

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    • The photo at 4.30pm is Mascot, Souths, Canterbury, Wests and Illawarra hooker Joe Thomas.

      Marvelous Mavo | March 29, 2013, 6:23PM

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    Top Players

    Tackles
    Player name Issac Luke 39
    Runs
    Player name Jeff Lima 20
    Line Breaks
    Player name Mitch Brown 1
    Offloads
    Player name Krisnan Inu 2

    Match Details

    Start time:
    4:00pm
    Weather:
    Fine
    Surface:
    Good
    Referees:
    Shayne Hayne, Alan Shortall
    Touch Judges:
    Paul Holland, Russell Turner
    Video Ref:
    Henry Perenara

    Live: Bulldogs v Rabbitohs

    Date

    Paul Suttor

    Join LeagueHQ for the return of Ben Barba to the NRL when the Canterbury Bulldogs host South Sydney Rabbitohs at Sydney Olympic Park.

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    That's all from the NRL live blog. It was actually my debut for live blogging today. What a great game. South Sydney are the real deal - don't jinx them by saying this is their year but that's four straight wins now and it's no coincidence the Bunnies and Storm are the only undefeated teams.

    Bulldogs fans don't be too disheartened. They are 1-3 after four rounds but their losses have been to red-hot teams - Cowboys in round one, the Storm last week and Souths today. Canterbury will be in the finals again this year.

    Tomorrow's NRL blog will be kicking off at 7.30pm, bringing you all the action from Sharks Stadium between Cronulla and St George Illawarra. My tip - Sharks by 20.

    Cheers, Paul Suttor (@paulsuttor on Twitter)

    Ben Barba ... "It's not the way i wanted to come back but South Sydney are on fire. It was a bit disappointing we finished off like that. I'd like to thank all the fans out there that gave me my privacy. Hopefully I can put some smiles on their faces."

     

     

    Greg Inglis ... "Madge (coach Michael Maguire) spoke to us about getting to our execution, completing and picking up the tempo. We knew we had the ticker in the tank, John Sutton led from the front."

    FULLTIME Rabbitohs 17 Bulldogs 12 

    The South Sydney Rabbitohs were simply too big, too strong and too fast for the Bulldogs. Both sides have a few injury issues but Souths are firing on all cylinders and are the main threat to the Melbourne Storm for this year's premiership.

    TRY Ben Barba scores a consolation try. There's that smile again. The siren sounds soon after Barba regathers the bouncing kick to score next to the posts. Rabbitohs 17 Bulldogs 10 Kick to come

    FIELD GOAL ... Adam Reynolds lands a field goal to make it Rabbitohs 17 Bulldogs 6

    51,686 ... Biggest regular-season crowd at ANZ Stadium for a stand-alone match

    The last time a crowd this big turned out in Sydney for a regular season fixture was in 1966 !!!

    Souths grinding out the win as we head into the final five minutes. Canterbury are chancing their arm but they're struggling to breach this Bunnies defence.

    If you needed any more reason to pick Adam Reynolds for NSW - he's possibly the best goal kicker in the NRL. 

    Josh Morris TRY disallowed after the last pass from Ben Barba was ruled forward. A glimpse of Barba's best in the lead-up .. he regathered a kick midfield with blistering pass but the long ball out to Morris was marginally forward.

    Adam Reynolds hooks the sideline conversion over the black dot. Rabbitohs 16 Bulldogs 6 after 70 minutes

    TRY Bryson Goodwin. Nathan Merritt makes the break down the left wing, offloads close to the line and former Bulldog Goodwin evades two defenders to touch down in the corner. Ben Barba is down injured after trying to prevent the try. Rabbitohs 14 Bulldogs 6 Kick to come

    What does a player have to do to get sent off these days. Inu placed his arm between Inglis' leg and upended him to a point where he was as vertical as you can get and landed on his head. The NRL has to do more to protect players from potentially crippling neck injuries.

    Krisnan Inu is in big trouble. That's a send-off offence but referee Shayne Hayne takes the soft option and puts it on report.

    Krisnan Inu has just spear-tackled Greg Inglis. Doesn't look good ... 

    Dave Tyrrell clashes heads with Bulldogs winger Mitch Brown, who stays down for a few minutes but is OK.

    Luke uses the force ... (ie, Issac Luke smashes Sam Perrett in a great tackle after the Dogs winger defused a bomb)

    Adam Reynolds' kicking game is sensational. He should be the State of Origin halfback this year. He is leaving Mitchell Pearce for dead. Put it this way, the Queenslanders would much prefer to see Pearce in the NSW No.7 jersey again this year.

    Souths are well on top midway through the second half. They have just snared another repeat set after trapping Ben Barba in the in-goal area. 

    ADRIAN PROSZENKO: Souths co-owner Russell Crowe, a massive fan of The Burrow, requested to swap corporate suites so that
    he could sit above the red and green supporter group.

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29: Josh Jackson of the Bulldogs is tackled during the round four NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29: Josh Jackson of the Bulldogs is tackled during the round four NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) Photo: Cameron Spencer

    Adam Reynolds' conversion kick from out wide hits the post and bounces away. Rabbitohs 10 Bulldogs 6 after 55 minutes

    That was Merritt's 144th try in first grade, which brings him level with Benny Wearing's club record and moves him into the top 10 try scorers of all time.

    TRY Nathan Merritt. The Souths winger flies in for his seventh try after sailing onto an Adam Reynolds cross kick following a switch of play move. Rabbitohs 10 Bulldogs 6 Kick to come

    Former St George Illawarra and Newcastle forward Danny Wicks got out of the clink today after 18 months on the inside for drug trafficking. It looks like he's been working out ... 

    Read the full story here

    Former Newcastle Knights player Danny Wicks leaving Glen Innes Correctional Centre on Friday morning.

    Former Newcastle Knights player Danny Wicks leaving Glen Innes Correctional Centre on Friday morning. Photo: Naomi Davidson

    Still 6-6 with 30 minutes remaining, who's going to get the W?

    Poll: Who's going to win - Rabbitohs or Bulldogs?

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    Bulldogs will triumph with Ben Barba back to his best

    33%

    Rabbitohs will get revenge for last year's finals series

    67%

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    Now it's Sam Burgess who looks injured after a great cover tackle on Josh Morris. Burgess looks like he's broken his nose. A bit of the old English claret flowing from his bugle. Adam Reynolds is looking ginger again with his leg problem.

    For those who were wondering about Canterbury's yellow socks, here's why ... 

    The Bulldogs' annual Camp Quality Round will help raise awareness and much needed funds for the children’s family cancer charity, which provides fun therapy to children living with cancer. Currently Camp Quality reaches only one in three children living with cancer and would love to reach more.

    The  Bulldogs have donated 600 tickets to Camp Quality for children living with cancer and their families who have ventured from the Illawarra, Hunter, Newcastle and Sydney to attend the big game.

    Nathan Merritt looked like he was a chance of scoring out wide but lost possession as the cover defence converged a few metres out from the line. 44 minutes gone and it's still 6-6

    Rabbitohs forward Chris McQueen is wrapped up by the Canterbury defence. An under-rated player, perhaps a City Origin representative this year?

    Rabbitohs forward Chris McQueen is wrapped up by the Canterbury defence. An under-rated player, perhaps a City Origin representative this year? Photo: Getty Images

    Canterbury assistant coach Jim Dymock said they were hopeful Michael Ennis would be cleared to get back on the field in the second half.

    As Midnight Oil once said, When the General talks, you better listen to him ... 

    John Sutton is tackled by Tony Williams and Aiden Tolman.

    John Sutton is tackled by Tony Williams and Aiden Tolman. Photo: Getty Images

    KICK-OFF. And we're under way in the second half. Bunnies have the ball. Bulldogs 6 Rabbitohs 6

    Ben Barba applauds the fans at the start of his comeback match.

    Ben Barba applauds the fans at the start of his comeback match. Photo: Getty Images

    BRAD WALTER: It is only March but this is being played like a finals match between two teams who know they are going to meet in September. The first half was played at a frantic pace but each team only failed to complete one set and the defensive lines were so strong they have scored just one try apiece. Ben Barba has looked good on his return without being spectacular but his Souths opposite, Greg Inglis, has also been dangerous every time he has got the ball. Just like last year's grand final qualifer between these teams when Souths halfback Adam Reynolds was injured, the loss of Dogs skipper Michael Ennis with concussion may hurt them in the second half.

    PAUL SUTTOR: It has been a pretty hectic first half ... the Dogs have been slightly better but South Sydney's defence has been resolute. If Michael Ennis doesn't come back after what looked to be a nasty concussion (and isn't he not allowed under the new rules?), then Souths are in the box seat to go on and win this game.

    Ears McEvoy: Dinosaurs. Clive Palmer has ordered more than 100 mechanical dinosaurs from China, slowly turning his dream of a jurassic park at his Coolum resort into a reality.

    No word if one will be modelled on Tony Williams.

    MICHAEL CHAMMAS: The Bulldogs have looked the better of the two sides and have controlled the tempo of the game. Their long kicking game has been first class and has limited South Sydney's time attacking the try line. Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has every right to be upset with the 6-6 scoreline. They were at least a one try better side in the opening half. If they fail to apply the same pressure with their kicking game in the second half, that will bring the likes of Greg Inglis and John Sutton into the match. If that happens, Canterbury will slump to their third loss of the year.

    Comeback kid ... Ben Barba of the Bulldogs runs onto the field for the round four NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.

    Comeback kid ... Ben Barba of the Bulldogs runs onto the field for the round four NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

    Halftime. Great first 40 minutes. Lots of action, attack, defence, drama, injuries, what more could you want. Bulldogs 6 Rabbitohs 6

    Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba skirts around the left edge and puts in a grubber but Bunnies big bopper Sam Burgess gets back to knock the ball dead.

    Andrew Everingham fumbles while playing the ball. Dogs on the attack from scrum at halfway with 90 seconds on the clock before halftime.

    Can anyone sitting near the press box at ANZ Stadium go and give Herald league reporter Brad Walter a hug. He says "be thankful you are not watching from the media box - it is about 6 degrees in here". Hopefully the half-time party pies are warmer ... 

    Adam Reynolds makes no mistake with the conversion. Bulldogs 6 Rabbitohs 6 after 36 minutes.

    Michael Ennis has gone straight up the tunnel after it looked like he was knocked out cold after coming off second best while trying to tackle Roy Asotasi.

    TRY. George Burgess barges over from close range, very similar to the one he scored against the Roosters at Allianz Stadium in round one. He scored next to the posts so we'll be locked up at 6-6 very soon. Bulldogs 6 Rabbitohs 4

    Can anyone explain how Wests Tigers forward Adam Blair escaped sanction from the NRL judiciary for that chicken wing tackle he did in his side’s 26-0 defeat in Gosford last night? He should have got a month. Sea Eagles prop Brenton Lawrence was slugged with a grade one dangerous throw on Blake Ayshford.Lawrence will escape a ban with an early guilty plea.

    Let us know what you think about the match, incidents, refs, whatever takes your fancy by logging in to the comments section.

    Bunnies on the attack, Sam Burgess not happy about copping a high shot from Frank Pritchard. The set ends with Tony Williams catching the high kick but being pushed back into the in-goal area.

    Bulldogs second-rower Frank Pritchard is on for the first time this year after being sidelined with a leg injury.

    Who do you think will win this one? Will the Bulldogs kick on from here or will the Bunnies bounce back?

    Poll: Who's going to win - Rabbitohs or Bulldogs?

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    Bulldogs will triumph with Ben Barba back to his best

    33%

    Rabbitohs will get revenge for last year's finals series

    67%

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    Penalty to the Bulldogs against Adam Reynolds for being too slow to get off the tackled player. At least his ankle injury doesn't look too bad.

    Jeff "Bigger than the Peruvian capital" Lima is on for the Rabbitohs. He's a very handy player to have coming off the bench.

    Redfern Oval 5 August 1984. Photo Bob Pearce

    Redfern Oval 5 August 1984. Photo Bob Pearce

    Here's an old pic dusted off from the archives of a player who lined up for both clubs in action today. Log in to the comments if you know who it is and let us know.

    Rabbitohs on the attack in the Canterbury red zone for the first time but Ben Barba fields the grubber at the end of the set and gets into the field of play.

    Krisnan Inu is lucky to still have a leg after it was bent back at what looked to be a very painful angle in a tackle. He has somehow got back up after a quick visit from the trainer. Tough lad.

    A bit different these days ... A big crowd attended the match between South Sydney and Canterbury at Redfern Oval on 30 August 1980.

    A bit different these days ... A big crowd attended the match between South Sydney and Canterbury at Redfern Oval on 30 August 1980.

    Packed to the rafters, literally. Here's a great old picture taken by Robert Pearce at a Bulldogs-Rabbitohs match 33 years ago.

    Conversion a beauty from the sideline from Krisnan "Fangs" Inu. Honestly, how cool is that vampire mouthguard of his? Bulldogs 6-0

    TRY. Mitch Brown scores in the left corner after a sweeping movement which started on the other side of the field when Rabbitohs winger Nathan Merritt fumbled a kick. Bulldogs 4-0 Kick to come

    Bulldogs attacking the South Sydney goal line after getting the first penalty of the match. They finish the set with a bomb to the corner which was tipped back by Sam Perrett, knocked on by Souths. Goal-line drop-out.

    Adam Reynolds fluffs a kick and the Dogs go on the attack. Reynolds appears to have suffered a leg injury.

    Ears McEvoy: Showbag update. Michael Chammas dropped into the Easter Show before kick-off. He reports the Wizz Fizz Mega Fizz Bag was his bag of choice.

    Canterbury centre Krisnan Inu gets up a bit dusty after a heavy hit from opposite number Bryson Goodwin. He looks alright now. 

    Dylan Farrell makes some good yards up the middle after Greg Inglis escaped the in-goal area with a fair old "don't argue" on Dogs pivot Josh Reynolds.

    Nathan Merritt has been a prolific scorer for the Rabbitohs on the wing for several years but has never got a look-in at State of Origin level. Should the Blues pick him this year?

    Poll: Should Nathan Merritt be picked for NSW this year?

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    Yes - he scores tries, the Blues could do with that

    62%

    No - he can't tackle, the Blues can't afford more of that

    38%

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    Both teams complete their early sets, no on-field dramas yet. Each side looks to be playing safety-first football.

    Bad memories for South Sydney fans ... Canterbury players celebrate last year's 32-8 finals win over the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.

    Bad memories for South Sydney fans ... Canterbury players celebrate last year's 32-8 finals win over the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium. Photo: brendan esposito

    Kick-off. Bulldogs in possession first and Ben Barba is tackled on the first play of the match.

    Who do you think will win this one? I'm tipping the Rabbitohs by 4 but the Bulldogs have been going well despite losing two of their first three matches - they gave Melbourne a huge fright last week.

    Poll: Who's going to win - Rabbitohs or Bulldogs?

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    Bulldogs will triumph with Ben Barba back to his best

    33%

    Rabbitohs will get revenge for last year's finals series

    67%

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    Rabbitohs captain Michael Crocker has been left out of the South Sydney 17-man final line-up ... John Sutton is captain. That means a late reprieve for Roy Asotasi, who was named in jersey 18 but will start in the front row. Dave Tyrrell is also starting with Jeff Lima back on the bench alongside Nathan Peats, Ben Lowe, and George Burgess. The Bulldogs are as per program.

    An omen perhaps or totally irrelevant? The Bulldogs have won the National Youth Competition curtain-raiser 36-32

    PAUL SUTTOR: Welcome to the live blog of the round 4 NRL clash between Canterbury Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs. A pretty big crowd has rolled through the turnstiles at ANZ Stadium. It's the Ben Barba comeback game. The Canterbury fullback has reportedly solved his off-field woes during his stint in rehab. Will he be the same player who dazzled the NRL last year? We'll know very soon. South Sydney fans certainly hope he's a little rusty. Here's a sample of what he did to them in 2011 for your pre-game entertainment ... 

    ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park, Friday 4pm (AEDT)
    Last meeting:
    Preliminary final 2012 - Bulldogs 32 bt Rabbitohs 8 at ANZ Stadium
    Head-to-head:
    Bulldogs 77 Rabbitohs 64 drawn 4
    Referees:
    Shayne Hayne, Alan Shortall.
    TV:
    Live, FoxSports 1
    TAB Sportsbet:
    Souths $1.85 Bulldogs $2.00
    FootyTab:
    Bulldogs +1.5

    Phil Mitchell writes: The NRL will produce an Easter resurrection of its own on Friday afternoon when Ben Barba returns for Canterbury.  The brilliant fullback’s importance to the Bulldogs was reinforced during his stint on the sidelines as he recovered from drinking and gambling problems.  While Barba was out, the Bulldogs won only one of their three matches – against Parramatta – and looked a shadow of the team that was runner-up last year, until a stunning late burst against premiers Melbourne last Thursday night.  His return, and that of bench forward Frank Pritchard, is a massive boost to a Bulldogs side that has won five of their past six matches against the Rabbitohs, including the 2012 grand final qualifying final.

    Unbeaten Souths share the competition lead with Melbourne but would be first to admit their form has been patchy since slaying the Roosters in round one. A win would give the Rabbitohs their best start to a season since 1971.

    Phil’s tip: Bulldogs by 4.

    AAP writes: This mouth-watering clash marks the return of Ben Barba for the Bulldogs in what will be a real test of Souths' premiership credentials.

    Michael Maguire's side have won their past two games without being at their best, something they won't get away with against last year's minor premiers.

    Greg Inglis is in red-hot form for Souths, but Canterbury were excellent in defeat at Melbourne last week and the stage is set for Barba to shine after all his off-field dramas.

    Key: Teams have realised how crucial Adam Reynolds is to Souths' gameplan and are targeting the diminutive halfback. Canterbury's giant pack will be under instructions to do likewise.

    BULLDOGS: Ben Barba, Mitch Brown, Josh Morris, Krisnan Inu, Sam Perrett, Josh Reynolds, Kris Keating, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (capt), Martin Taupau, Tony Williams, Josh Jackson, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: Dene Halatau, Dale Finucane, David Klemmer, Frank Pritchard, Tim Browne, Tim Lafai (two to be omitted).

    RABBITOHS: Greg Inglis, Nathan Merritt, Dylan Farrell, Bryson Goodwin, Andrew Everingham, John Sutton, Adam Reynolds, Sam Burgess, Issac Luke, Jeff Lima, Chris McQueen, Ben Te'o, Michael Crocker (capt). Interchange: Nathan Peats, Ben Lowe, Dave Tyrrell, George Burgess, Roy Asotasi, Justin Hunt, Jason Clark (three to be omitted).

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    • The photo at 4.30pm is Mascot, Souths, Canterbury, Wests and Illawarra hooker Joe Thomas.

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      March 29, 2013, 6:23PM

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