Thu, Mar 17, 8:55am by Kevin Pitstock
The Bulldogs kicked off the season with a good win over the Tigers on Monday night at ANZ stadium…. But at what cost? Dynamo centre Josh Morris who scored the first try for the Bulldogs in 2011 is out with a knee injury, currently waiting on scan results but could be out for a while. The Rabbits were far from impressive against the Roosters in the Charity Shield match. If it weren’t for 6 penalties in a row in their favour the refs would have used the “mercy” rule. The Rabbitohs are trying to break a record this year, how much of the salary cap can we fit in the injury list? With little firepower in the backs the Rabbits have come to rely on a strong forward pack, most of which are currently sidelined. Bulldogs like to play against Souths at ANZ stadium, winning 9 and losing just 2.
What an injury list… most teams would be happy to have a forward pack of that stature on the run on, unfortunately for South’s fans they have it in the injury list. For the last 2 years South’s have had “the best forward pack” in the competition, i.e. when they are all on the field. They haven’t really had the pleasure of utilising this line up at all as they have been constantly plagued by injury. 2011 looks to be no different. Greg Inglis, as predicted last week, did next to nothing. GI always takes longer than most to get back in to the swing of things…. If I were in coach John Lang’s boots I’d consider moving him into second row for a couple of reasons; 1. He is one of the biggest players in the team, including the injured list. 2. He runs like a second rower, except he is about 10 yards quicker over the 100. I can’t see this happening however, because he lacks the intestinal fortitude to play in this position, Greg would rather play full back! (meow). Don’t let the Rabbitoh’s fight back last week make you believe they have something in the bag, the Roosters gave away 6 penalties in a row during this period, what can you expect. The Rabbits had one of the worst missed tackles to tackles made ratios, with 45 missed from 243 made.
The Bulldogs were the surprise packet of the week for me against the Tigers. Kris Keating in the halves played up a storm and gave good service to his outside backs. It was the ability to hold out the Tigers attack with excellent defence that won the game. The Tigers were threatening the Bulldogs for a good portion of the first half on Monday, but they soon found out it was almost impenetrable. The Rabbitohs firepower is on the left with Inglis in the centres, however this is against big Jamaal Idris in the right centre position for the bulldogs. Idris proved himself a solid defender against Lawrence and Tuqiri last week, and will be doing much the same against the Rabbits this week.
Prediction and Odds
With Morris out the odds will be a lot closer than they should be. The Rabbits were dominated for 3 quarters of the game last week and will be dominated again. Bulldogs will win 1-12. Sportingbet Australia have the best odds at $3.10 for 13+
The Bulldogs are paying $1.65 for the win through Sportsbet Australia. If you are looking to add some digits to your multi get on the Bulldogs giving a 3 point start at Sportingbet Australia paying $1.83
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