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NRL Premiership, Friday, 16 August 2013 - Round 23 - Bluetongue Stadium

South Sydney
South Sydney versus Manly
Players McQueen (15min), Merritt (59min), Inglis (68min), Farrell (77min) Tries 4 Tries 2 Players Lyon (3min), Taufua (27min)
Players Reynolds 3/4 (75%) Conversions 3 Conversions 1 Players Lyon 1/2 (50%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players



Match Statistics
South SydneyManly

1 Greg Inglis


1 Brett Stewart

2 Nathan Merritt


2 Jorge Taufua


3 Bryson Goodwin

3 Jamie Lyon


4 Dylan Walker

4 Steve Matai

5 Dylan Farrell


5 David Williams

6 John Sutton

6 Kieran Foran

7 Adam Reynolds


7 Daly Cherry-Evans

8 Luke Burgess

Substitution Off

8 Brenton Lawrence

Substitution On
Substitution Off

9 Issac Luke

9 Matt Ballin

10 Roy Asotasi

Substitution On
Substitution Off

10 Brent Kite

Substitution On
Substitution Off

11 Chris McQueen


11 Anthony Watmough

Substitution Off

12 Ben Te'o

12 Justin Horo

13 Jeff Lima

Substitution On
Substitution Off

13 Glenn Stewart

Match Statistics
South Sydney Interchange Manly Interchange

Luke Keary

Substitution On

Jamie Buhrer

Substitution On
Substitution Off

George Burgess

Substitution On
Substitution Off

Richard Fa'aoso

Substitution On
Substitution Off

Thomas Burgess

Substitution On
Substitution Off

David Gower

Substitution On

Jason Clark

Substitution On
Substitution Off

George Rose

Substitution On
Substitution Off

South Sydney vs Manly

  • Possession

    South Sydney 55%
    55% 45%
    Manly 45%
  • Sets

    South Sydney 38
    54% 46%
    Manly 33
  • Completed sets

    South Sydney 31
    58% 42%
    Manly 22
  • Completion rate

    South Sydney 82%
    55% 45%
    Manly 67%
  • Tackles

    South Sydney 263
    47% 53%
    Manly 297
  • Total runs

    South Sydney 151
    54% 46%
    Manly 127
  • Total run metres

    South Sydney 1125m
    49% 51%
    Manly 1152m
  • Hit-ups

    South Sydney 69
    53% 47%
    Manly 60
  • Line breaks

    South Sydney 2
    50% 50%
    Manly 2
  • Offloads

    South Sydney 5
    63% 37%
    Manly 3
  • Kicks

    South Sydney 19
    56% 44%
    Manly 15
  • 40-20 kicks

    South Sydney 0
    50% 50%
    Manly 0
  • Kick metres

    South Sydney 648m
    61% 39%
    Manly 409m
  • Penalties

    South Sydney 10
    67% 33%
    Manly 5
  • Scrums

    South Sydney 10
    63% 37%
    Manly 6
  • Missed tackles

    South Sydney 9
    31% 69%
    Manly 20
  • Errors

    South Sydney 8
    42% 58%
    Manly 11
  • | |
    South Sydney statistics
    Greg Inglis Fullback 80 12 94 0 4 0 1 1 0 0
    Nathan Merritt Winger 1 80 5 31 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
    Bryson Goodwin Centre 1 80 10 71 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
    Dylan Walker Centre 2 80 8 65 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
    Dylan Farrell Winger 2 80 6 38 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    John Sutton Five-eighth 80 13 92 1 2 0 0 0 5 152
    Adam Reynolds Halfback 80 3 25 1 0 0 0 1 10 379
    Luke Burgess Prop 1 22 8 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Issac Luke Hooker 80 11 101 0 0 0 1 1 3 101
    Roy Asotasi Prop 2 31 10 68 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris McQueen 2nd Row 1 80 7 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Te'o 2nd Row 2 80 8 75 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jeff Lima Lock 58 13 105 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Keary Interchange 23 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 16
    George Burgess Interchange 49 19 153 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Burgess Interchange 36 12 97 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jason Clark Interchange 21 4 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    South Sydney statistics
    Greg Inglis Fullback 80 6 1 0 1 2
    Nathan Merritt Winger 1 80 8 1 0 2 0
    Bryson Goodwin Centre 1 80 19 2 1 0 1
    Dylan Walker Centre 2 80 20 0 0 0 0
    Dylan Farrell Winger 2 80 8 0 0 0 0
    John Sutton Five-eighth 80 17 2 1 0 0
    Adam Reynolds Halfback 80 18 0 0 0 0
    Luke Burgess Prop 1 22 8 1 0 0 0
    Issac Luke Hooker 80 22 0 0 1 2
    Roy Asotasi Prop 2 31 9 0 0 0 0
    Chris McQueen 2nd Row 1 80 27 1 0 0 1
    Ben Te'o 2nd Row 2 80 26 0 1 0 0
    Jeff Lima Lock 58 22 0 0 1 0
    Luke Keary Interchange 23 2 0 1 0 0
    George Burgess Interchange 49 15 0 0 0 1
    Thomas Burgess Interchange 36 20 1 0 0 1
    Jason Clark Interchange 21 16 0 1 0 0
    Manly statistics
    Brett Stewart Fullback 80 3 32 0 0 0 1 1 2 42
    Jorge Taufua Winger 1 80 8 83 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Lyon Centre 1 80 16 150 1 3 0 0 0 2 46
    Steve Matai Centre 2 80 10 89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    David Williams Winger 2 80 11 105 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kieran Foran Five-eighth 80 2 23 0 0 0 0 0 5 149
    Daly Cherry-Evans Halfback 80 5 48 1 1 1 0 1 6 172
    Brenton Lawrence Prop 1 39 7 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Ballin Hooker 80 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brent Kite Prop 2 41 7 70 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Anthony Watmough 2nd Row 1 63 15 130 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Justin Horo 2nd Row 2 80 11 71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Glenn Stewart Lock 80 9 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Buhrer Interchange 44 10 85 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Richard Fa'aoso Interchange 27 6 59 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    David Gower Interchange 12 4 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    George Rose Interchange 14 2 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Manly statistics
    Brett Stewart Fullback 80 1 2 1 0 1
    Jorge Taufua Winger 1 80 2 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Lyon Centre 1 80 11 2 0 0 1
    Steve Matai Centre 2 80 6 2 0 0 1
    David Williams Winger 2 80 5 1 0 0 2
    Kieran Foran Five-eighth 80 16 1 0 2 0
    Daly Cherry-Evans Halfback 80 18 1 0 0 0
    Brenton Lawrence Prop 1 39 28 1 0 0 0
    Matt Ballin Hooker 80 48 2 3 1 0
    Brent Kite Prop 2 41 23 1 0 0 0
    Anthony Watmough 2nd Row 1 63 28 0 1 2 0
    Justin Horo 2nd Row 2 80 25 0 0 1 2
    Glenn Stewart Lock 80 26 4 0 0 1
    Jamie Buhrer Interchange 44 28 1 2 2 2
    Richard Fa'aoso Interchange 27 17 1 1 1 1
    David Gower Interchange 12 8 1 0 0 0
    George Rose Interchange 14 7 0 0 1 0

    Latest Comments

    • Anyone for golden point? Reckon it's gunna take the full eighty minutes to split these two.

      mutt | August 16, 2013, 7:50PM
    • But they will beat manly twice so no problem

      Dogsbody | August 16, 2013, 10:08PM
    • Certain try by Matai disallowed,shocker.Bunnies wont win comp anyway so no problem.

      Steeden | August 16, 2013, 9:53PM

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    Top Players

    Player name Matt Ballin 48
    Player name George Burgess 19
    Line Breaks
    Player name Nathan Merritt 1
    Player name Ben Te'o 2

    Match Details

    Start time:
    Shayne Hayne, Henry Perenara
    Touch Judges:
    Steve Carrall, Nick Beashel
    Video Ref:
    Steve Chiddy

    Live: Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles


    Richard Shute

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    So, a superb game out at a bustling Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. It really was anyone's game with 20 to go. Manly had the best of the start of the half, but Souths' stubborn defence held strong, forcing errors from the marquee backline.

    The turning point came with Greg Inglis' superhuman tackle on David Williams, who looked for all money like he was past Inglis and in at the corner. Inglis got airbourne, and spun Williams by the collar, keeping the ball up long enough for Williams' feet to go to ground in touch. It has to be seen to be believed.

    Adam Reynolds takes the champagne for a superb passing and kicking game that hit a purple patch in the mid-second half. Greg Inglis is back, and shook off some rust in the second half, with a fortuitous try to effectively seal the points.

    What a game. What a win for the Rabbitohs. That is huge for the boys from Redfern - and special mention to Merritt on his 150th NRL try.

    Thanks for your company, and see you again next time.

    Check LeagueHQ for video highlights, expert analysis and reaction later tonight




    The siren goes, with Souths on the ball. There's the hint of a stink, but the ref calls it, and the belt goes to Souths. FINAL SCORE: RABBITOHS 22 SEA EAGLES 10

    Souths have stepped up magnificently in the final quarter, and are full value for this. They look coherent and clinical all of a sudden.

    Isaac Luke got a hit in the ribs from Taufua after he got the pass away. That's gonna leave a bruise. It won't hurt so badly now the points look wrapped up though. Reynolds misses the conversion. RABBITOHS 22 SEA EAGLES 10

    AND THAT'S IT! Souths have done it. Dylan Farrell goes over in the corner. Isacc Luke goes sideways, dummies, and steps Steve Matai. Dylan Walker delays the pass, delays, delays, and times the pass as Brett Stewart hits him. Dylan Walker runs it in for the clincher.

    Matai now goes for the corner, but its risky, and Dylan Walker drags him into touch by his shirt number. Superb from the youngster. The Rabbitohs have the ball, and an eight point lead with 5 to go.

    Now Lyon is across the line, but he's held up on the fourth by Bryson Goodwin. They are not knocking on the door so much as ramming a truck into it, repeatedly. Souths will do unbvelievably well to keep them out. RABBITOHS 18 SEA EAGLES 10

    Jamie Lyon kicks through on the 4th after a double pump drift from Cherry-Evans. David Williams chases, but Souths cover. Line dropout. Six minutes to go.

    Glenn Stewart gets boshed in the midfield, but gets the ball away to Lyon. He leans back out of the reach of the tackler and goes again. Danger for Souths. 2nd tackle, Manly 10m out.

    Goodwin decides to go himself with Merritt outside. That's a wasted chance. There was room outside, and that would have sealed it. Greedy. Luke knocks on, and it's a scrum to Manly a metre from their posts.

    That's a penalty to Souths, and Justin Horo is on report. It looked nastier first time around. He may have a case for an appeal.

    And the Rabbits are flying. Greg Inglis scoots right up the middle after good work from Ben Te'o. He is finally collared, or jawed, to be more accurate, by Justin Horo.

    And it's confirmed by the video. It's under the posts, and that is a killer blow from the home side. Inglis with the simplest of tries on his return. He did well to keep himself onside though, and made sure he was getting to wherever that ball landed. Reynolds converts. RABBITOHS 18 SEA EAGLES 10

    Unbelievable. Luck of the Rabbitohs? Issac Luke grubbers too hard, but it rebounds off the bottom of the post, and the ball stops in front of Inglis who just has to drop on it. The video is checking the offside, but it looks good for Rabbitohs fans. Shane Hayne has given it.....

    And Souths are probing for the killer blow. Burgess is short, Souths go again through the forwards, before GI hits it on the burst. He's held up over the line on the fourth. Moments.

    With the Rabbitohs looking lively, Reynolds grubbers close to the ruck, and forces another line dropout as Manly are forced to bat it out. Reynolds has been sublime this half.

    And now it's Luke Keary's chance to show off his ball skills. A lovely weighted kick along the ground sees Stewart grounded back over his line. Souths will have the ball kicked back to them.

    And the Horo show continues for Manly, as Justin pops up the ball cheaply on halfway. The crowd are rising for the Rabbitohs, but let's not forget the Sea Eagles have had most of this game. Souths need to cement this lead. Next try wins?

    Reynolds converts with a glorious banana kick from the touchline, and Souths finally have the lead. RABBITOHS 12 SEA EAGLES 10

    Souths are in! Inglis gets the three on two ball right at the third time of asking, and finds Merritt on the outside for the easiest of finishes. And the home side have found the breakthrough that Manly have been prancing around for the last 20.

    Reynolds puts another brilliant kick into the dead ball zone. Stewart snatches it up, and almost runs it back into play, but Ben Te'o clatters into his back, knees first. Sore one for Stewart.

    Wonderful kick from Foran forces Souths to ground deep, deep in their own dead ball. They keep the pressure up, but the halftime score remains. The Sea Eagles will kick themselves if they can't close this one out. Brilliant from Reynolds though. He sees a gap, and bounces the line dropout into touch.

    Nope, no try called. Hayne didn't give it, and the video agrees. It could have gone either way, but Manly will feel a bit hard done by. The longer Souths can hang in there, the better chance they have of sneaking it. Manly have come so close time after time this half, but their kicking has been off all night. THey would do better to spread wide quick and run the trams. We stay at 10-6 to Manly.

    Steve Matai throws his body into four defenders on the Souths tryline at the end of a quick line move. That looked incredibly painful. Inglis connects sickeningly with his head as the fourth tackler, but unbelievably it looks like he's in. We await the video referee.

    Good defence from Souths there, as Brett Stewart dabs one along the ground in goal on the fifth. Dylan Farrell covers easily. Line dropout to the Rabbitohs.

    Just as the Rabbitohs are looking good at the other end, McQueen loses the ball in the tackle. The pass was so flat, and he was coming at such speed, that he never really had his hands on it. And now they've been penalised. Crucial time in the game here. Next try will have a big say I reckon. RABBITOHS 6 SEA EAGLES 10

    Unbelievable try-saving tackle from Greg Inglis. The ball from Lyon to Williams was forward, but unnoticed, and David Williams is over by the flag. Inglis comes from metres away, hits Williams high at speed. Williams spins around inches off the ground, and his legs are put in touch. How did he get there? THe Wolfman was already past him, midair on the line. The TMO agrees. No try. Huge from GI. Four point tackle.

    Manly break wide right, and the alarm bells are ringing for Souths! They tear down the right, before Glenn Stewart is munched a metre short. From the next play, Cherry-Evans toe-pokes a speculative kick in goal for Brett Stewart, but Luke is there to clean up. Wasted chances at both ends.

    Excellent work from the Rabbitohs, as the men in red and green bundle Horo into touch to a roar from the crowd. It's scrappy from Souths in the next set as Issac Luke attempts to force an offload and the ball spills. He's had a night to forget so far. Opportunity lost, and Manly will run it out of danger. RABBITOHS 6 SEA EAGLES 10

    Half break from Matai, who is eventually wrestled to the ground. Cherry-Evans kicks on the fifth to Inglis, who stepas a couple before being taken down. After a 40m gain, it's pinged deep to Taufua. End to end in the traditional sense....

    Sam Burgess has just spoken about Inglis' knee at halftime. Big Sam says Inglis is just experiencing some unusual feelings in the ligament which is perfectly normal after the type of injury. Good news for Souths fans, then. Thanks Dr Sam.

    And that's it. A superb first half here on the Central Coast. It's 10-6 to Manly at the mid-point in the Friday night blockbuster. The momentum has swung back and fourth several times, but as expected it is the Sea Eagles that look the most clinical. When they have spread the ball wide, Souths have had to scramble desperately to snuff out attacks.

    The defence on both sides has been sharp and aggressive, with both teams turning the ball over in impact.

    Greg Inglis looks to have shaken off that injury scare after talking a knock trying to prevent Taufua's try, and has looked hungry. His legs have been quick, but his hands and awareness have let him down on a couple of occasions, where Souths could have had scoring chances down the left.

    No such worries for Brett Stewart, who looks like he never left.

    It's gonna be a close one, but the Sea Eagles should have enough quality to see this one home. If they cut out the penalties, they might just break out on the scoreboard in the final quarter.

    That's a tidy 48m gain from the Sea Eagles, but in the end, Farrell climbs highest to clean up the probing bomb. It looks like we'll go into halftime at 10-6 Sea Eagles.

    So close! The Rabbitohs draw in the defence, Inglis hangs on to the pass until Williams is drawn in, but he overthrows the ball past Merritt who was clear in at the corner. Rusty.

    It looks like a full house up here at Bluetongue - a superb 20,500 as the Central Coasters come out to support the game.

    And, it comes to nothing as Jamie Buhrer loses the ball at the end of the tackle. Poor retention and Souths can release the valve and run it clear.

    Lyon waives the kick at goal, as the Sea Eagles back themselves to score again before halftime. They have been devastating out wide, so who would  blame them for fancying their chances?

    It's all gone a bit scrappy here as the minutes start to tell. It's been fast and furious, and this time it is George Burgess's time to lose the ball in contact. The Manly players are high-fiving. That was a significant blow. They run the scrum ball quickly, and pick up a penalty about 30m out after storming up field.

    Breatt Stewart does well to cover a deep in goal kick from John Sutton. It was weighted well, and bobbled dangerously in goal. McQueen and Merritt were just behind Stewart. Good cover from the fullback.

    Now there's an injury worry for Matai. He came down awkwardly on his back after challenging for a high ball. He's up on his feet, but sucking in lungfuls.

    The Sea Eagles switch the ball just inside their half, but Souths read the play, and a combined hit from Burgess and Te'o sees the ball spill out from Brett Stewart's brreadbasket. Great position for Souths, with 10 to go in the half.

    Inglis is up, and testing his knee gingerly. It looks like he will be ok to carry on. Jamie Lyon goes across the face of goal from the touchline. RABBITOHS 6 SEA EAGLES 10

    Double blow for the Rabbitohs. The Sea Eagles arc left. A superb pass from Brett Stewart finds Jorge Taufua who slides in to score. Greg Ingis has stayed down, writhing in pain. He slid in for the tackle, and got his knee caught under him. It didn't look like a twist, more of a heavy impact.

    The Sea Eagles go down the right, before Brett Stewart puts in a beauty of a kick. Merritt comes across to cover, but dithers, and Greg Inglis eventually slides through him to put it dead.

    But it all comes to nothing as Thomas Burgess loses the ball forward on the ground. Shayne Hayne waves play on, and the Sea Eagles break quickly though Brent Kite.


    A knock-on from Jamie Lyon at the play-the-ball sums up their last 15 minutes. The Rabbitohs have a scrum, 30 out, 20m from the sideline.

    Inglis fields another kick from behind his line. He looks strong in contact and sharp at that. Sutton got roasted by Cherry-Evans for Manly's try, but has looked like he is back where he belongs since.

    The Sea Eagles are pinged for the fourth time, and the Rabbitohs clear their lines. The momentum has swung to the Rabbitohs since that McQueen try. They have the ball with Luke on the 50m line.

    A penalty to the home side sees them up to halfway as Manly are forced to backpeddle downfield. Te'o takes the ball into contact on the right, and from the next tackle, Reynold delays the pass, finds Sutton, Inglis slips in Goodwin but the ball goes forward in the pass. Merritt ended up with it, but the cover was there from Williams regardless. Scrum to Manly on the 40m line.

    Reynolds converts, and the sides are level. Superb response from the Rabbitohs there, with the pressure paying off. Clinical kick from Reynolds to set up that one. RABBITOHS 6 SEA EAGLES 6

    TRY-TIME. After a good repeat set, Reynolds puts a bomb in between Foran and Lyon, and McQueen climbs highest to claim the ball unchallenged and ground just to the left of the uprights. Brilliant air there.

    Better from Souths here. Thet spread the ball quickly down the left. Williams slips and Greg Inglis almost makes a trademark break. He can't free his hands quickly enough to find the winger, and it breaks down as Reynolds' kick in goal is batted away by Taufua. RABBITOHS 0 SEA EAGLES 6

    David Williams almost sneaks in by the right corner flag after quick hands get the ball wide. Decent effort, but it's clearly in touch. Good cover defence from the Rabbitohs. Momentum all with Manly at the moment, the Rabbitohs are having real trouble getting going.

    Jeff Lima quite rightly goes on report for twisting Anthony Watmough's knees. He can have no arguments there. Trouble for the big man.

    Decent break from Dylan Farrell, but he gets dragged down before he really gets going. The metres are coming hard for the Rabbitohs, but Adam Reynolds puts in a decent kick to end the set.

    Just 19m from the set for Souths. They kick down to the Wolfman about 5m inside the Manly half. They are gaining momentum, but Daly Cherry-Evans throws a loose pass behind Williams and the move breaks down. Manly recover, and Lyon kicks the ball into touch about 20m down the line. Good option from the Manly captain.

    Lyon converts his own try from 12m out. Huge start from Manly. THey are devastating down that right side. RABBITOHS 0 SEA EAGLES 6

    And it's all too easy. The Sea Eagles go down the short side. Jamie Lyon runs the decoy, and Glenn Stewart finds Daly-Cherry Evans, who blitzes John Sutton. It's an easy pass inside to Jamie Lyon who coasts in under the posts. Rabbitohs in the headlights?

    Foran kicks on the fifth to the returning Greg Inglis. The Rabbitohs are going backwards though and have to kick from their own 30. Aggressive front-line defence from the Sea Eagles in the opening exchanges. The agenda is set.

    And we're off. Watmough is welcomed back with a big hit from the Rabbotohs line.

    Anthony Watmough is on the pitch - he really is made of concrete. What knee injury?

    The players take to the pitch at Bluetongue. We're moments away from kick-off in this cracker. Who are you backing?

    If there's one Rabbitoh who loves a crack at the Sea Eagles, it's crowd favorite Issac Luke. He has faced them 13 times, and scored five tries. He will be desperte to finally go back to back in the same season.

    In the Holden Cup, the Souths youngsters have continued their turnaround and knocked the Sea Eagles over by a convincing 38-18. Their run to the finals shows no signs of abating. The Sea Eagles look destined for the spoon.

    G'day and welcome to League HQ's live coverage of the Friday night blockbuster from Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford.

    It's all set up to be a cracker. The Rabbitohs have had their recent wobbles, but the returns of Greg Inglis and John Sutton will offset the loss of Sam Burgess, who is out for the next fortnight as a result of his love for small woodland creatures.

    The Rabbitohs have a tough run to the finals, but Michael Maguire is still confident that the Bunnies are destined for the pointy end.

    Manly are at the opposite end of the form ladder, having won six straight by a margin of 15 or more.

    Head to head, the Sea Eagles are way out in front - taking the prize 26 times out of the last 37.

    Souths won the previous encounter this year, but it'll take a monster performance to go back-to-back.

    With Brett Stewart back in a terrifying backline, Manly's width and speed should see them edge this one.



    Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford, Friday 7.35pm (AEST)
    Last meeting: Rabbitohs 20 bt Sea Eagles 12 at Brookvale Oval, Round 7, 2013
    Head-to-head: Rabbitohs 58 Sea Eagles 71
    Referees: Shayne Hayne, Henry Perenara
    TV: Channel 9 (live in Sydney, delay in Brisbane 9.30pm)
      Rabbitohs $2.05 Sea Eagles $1.80
    FootyTab: Rabbitohs +3.5

    Phil Mitchell writes: Souths’ bid to put their premiership campaign back on track received a huge boost when skipper John Sutton and superstar fullback Greg Inglis were named to return from injury against Manly.  Sidelined for the past four matches, Inglis has been  sorely missed by the Rabbitohs, who won only once during his absence and surrendered a competition lead they held for 12 rounds.  Sutton initially was expected to miss up to four weeks but returns after sitting out only one game. While Souths have endured the late-season wobbles, Manly have a struck a rich vein of form, winning their past six matches to almost certainly secure a top-four finish. The Sea Eagles could even sneak into second spot if they keep winning and Souths lose at least twice.

    Phil's tip: Rabbitohs by six.

    AAP writes:  Manly are gunning for seven on the trot in what is undoubtedly the match of the round. The second placed Rabbitohs have started slipping, losing three of their last four and could find both the Storm and Sea Eagles breathing down their necks with another loss. Both Greg Inglis and John Sutton must pass fitness tests to play, while suspended prop Sam Burgess will be replaced by brother Luke. Manly on the other hand will be missing Anthony Watmough due to a knee injury he suffered in last week’s impressive 27-12 win over the Warriors. The momentum may be in the Sea Eagles’ favour, but they’ll struggle to match the Souths pack without Watmough.

    Key: Prepare for a cracking battle between fullbacks Brett Stewart and Greg Inglis, the more influential of which could tip the scales in their side’s favour.

    RABBITOHS: Greg Inglis, Nathan Merritt, Bryson Goodwin, Matt King, Dylan Farrell, John Sutton, Adam Reynolds, Luke Burgess, Issac Luke, Roy Asotasi, Chris McQueen, Ben Te’o, Ben Lowe. Interchange: Luke Keary, Jeff Lima, George Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Jason Clark, Justin Hunt (two to be omitted).

    SEA EAGLES: Brett Stewart, Jorge Taufua, Jamie Lyon, Steve Matai, David Williams, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Brenton Lawrence, Matt Ballin, Jason King, Jamie Buhrer, Justin Horo, Glenn Stewart. Interchange: Richie Fa’aoso, David Gower, James Hasson, George Rose.

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    • Certain try by Matai disallowed,shocker.Bunnies wont win comp anyway so no problem.

      Date and time
      August 16, 2013, 9:53PM
      • But they will beat manly twice so no problem

        Date and time
        August 16, 2013, 10:08PM
    • Anyone for golden point? Reckon it's gunna take the full eighty minutes to split these two.

      Date and time
      August 16, 2013, 7:50PM

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