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Canterbury Bulldogs v South Sydney Rabbitohs

ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 7.45pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 13 2012 - Bulldogs 23 bt Rabbitohs 18 at ANZ Stadium
Bulldogs 76 Souths 64 Drawn 4
Shayne Hayne, Ben Cummins
Live, Channel 9
TAB Sportsbet:
Bulldogs $1.48 Souths $2.72
Souths +4.0

Greg Prichard writes: These two teams have played twice this season, winning one apiece. Their most recent clash, in round 13, was one of the games of the season. The Bulldogs won 23-19, but it could have easily been the Rabbitohs who grabbed it at the death. The Bulldogs beat the Sea Eagles in a mistake-riddled, but very tough game game in the first week of the finals, and had last weekend off. The Rabbitohs didn't handle the finals occasion well when they were whipped by the Storm, but bounced back to beat the Raiders. However, the Bulldogs, with their suffocating defence, are a lot different prospect to the Raiders. The Rabbitohs are capable of winning, but they are going to have to be on their game from start to finish to be a chance. The Bulldogs will probably be a bit too good.

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AAP writes: Canterbury have done everything they can to avoid the spotlight this week, getting injured and out of favour players to front the media - and the lack of headlines will delight coach Des Hasler. He won two grand finals with Manly by 'flying under the radar'. No-one will be more be pleased to see the spotlight on Souths' quest for a first grand final appearance in 41 years instead of him becoming the first coach to win successive grand finals with two different clubs. The Rabbitohs did enough to comfortably see off Canberra last week, but will need to step up their game if they are to deny a Bulldogs side that have won 14 of their past 15 games.

Key: A crowd of over 70,000 is expected in what is Souths' biggest game in over four decades. They froze in Melbourne two weeks ago, 24 hours after Canterbury flexed their muscles in a brutal win over Manly. Josh Morris was magnificent that night and will be a huge test of Dylan Farrell's defensive abilities.

BULLDOGS: Ben Barba, Sam Perrett, Josh Morris, Krisnan Inu, Jonathan Wright, Josh Reynolds, Kris Keating, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (capt), Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard, Josh Jackson, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: James Graham, Dale Finucane, Corey Payne, David Stagg, Dene Halatau (one to be omitted).

RABBITOHS: Greg Inglis, Nathan Merritt, Chris McQueen, Dylan Farrell, Andrew Everingham, John Sutton, Adam Reynolds, Luke Burgess, Issac Luke, Roy Asotasi, Sam Burgess, Dave Taylor, Michael Crocker (capt). Interchange: Nathan Peats, Dave Tyrrell, Eddy Pettybourne, Ben Lowe, Justin Hunt, Jason Clark (two to be omitted).