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NRL Semi Final Preview: South Sydney Rabbitohs v St. George Illawarra Dragons

Thu, Sep 13, 10:56am by Staff Writer

PREVIEW: NRL SEMI FINAL

South Sydney Rabbitohs v St. George Illawarra Dragons

Date and Time: Saturday September 15, 7:40pm AEST

Venue: ANZ Stadium

TV: Channel 9, Fox Sports

Two of rugby league’s oldest rivals meet on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium when the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the St George Illawarra Dragons.

It is the Bunnies who are the overwhelming favourites to win this match, priced at $1.25 in the head to head market at Sportsbet to beat the Dragons, who are paying $4.

The big selection news ahead of this match is the omission of the Dragons’ first choice five-eighth Gareth Widdop.

The English international returned last weekend as the Dragons toppled the Broncos, but was forced off the field midway through the match with a shoulder injury.

He has been ruled out for the remainder of the season in a cruel blow for the Red V.

South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold has selected an unchanged lineup after last weekend’s 29-28 loss to the Melbourne Storm.

The Bunnies used only 15 players for that game, with Dean Britt and Hymel Hunt playing zero minutes from the interchange bench.

Souths with the historical edge

It is Souths who have been victorious in this fixture eight times out of the last 10 meetings.

This season, the two sides each won a game apiece. In round five it was St George that prevailed 16-12, despite Souths finishing the game with the final two tries.

In round 10, a battered St George side was soundly beaten 24-10 as favourites. The Bunnies led 12-0 at half-time and were never headed in a dominant performance.

Both of these teams love to score points, with the Dragons producing 48 points last weekend in a stunning performance against Brisbane.

James Graham’s battle with countryman and good friend Sam Burgess is sure to get emotions boiling as the two lock horns once again.

Graham captained the Canterbury Bulldogs side that was defeated by Souths in the 2014 Grand Final.

The Dragons are clear underdogs

St George is giving away a 12.5-point start to the Bunnies at $1.92 in the handicap market. They were 10.5-point underdogs against the Broncos last week and won by 30 points.

In margin betting, South Sydney to win 13+ is the shortest priced option at $1.91. A Dragons win is likely to be by a 1-12 margin, which is paying $5.50.

Robert Jennings has been one of the competition’s most prolific try scorers this season and that is reflected in his price to be the first try scorer on Saturday night. He is paying $7.50, with Souths teammate Campbell Graham the next best at $10.

The total match points is set at over/under 42.5 at $1.90, with the two matches between these teams both going under this mark this season.

The Dragons are giving away a massive points start to the Bunnies in what will be a much closer match than many expect. Take the Bunnies to win a close one.

Best bet- South Sydney Big Win Little Win 1-12 at $3.10

NRL Semi Final Odds

South Sydney $1.25 v St George $4

Handicap: South Sydney -12.5 $1.90

Margin: South Sydney 1-12 $3.10; 13+ $1.91

Margin: St George 1-12 $5.50; 13+ $14

Total match points: over/under 42.5 $1.90

*See full betting market here


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