Wed, Mar 30, 4:19pm by Kevin Pitstock
Much to my tipping dismay the Bunnies got up against a lacklustre Eels team last Friday. In all honesty the Bunnies did look a lot better than in previous weeks, they had decent completions and controlled field position really well. Field position isn’t that hard to come by when up against the Eels giving less than 80% effort.
The Eagles backed up a good win against the Roosters in week 2 by knocking off the ladder topping Knights in week 3 in an injury filled afternoon at Brookvale. Lucky for the Maroon and Whites it was the Knights copping all the injuries as they were forced to have an injured player on the field for the last quarter of the match just to make up the numbers. This match will be played at Blue Tongue Stadium……. Blue Tongue Stadium!? I can hear Alf Stewart from the Northern Beaches already “What the Flaming hell is going on here!?”
Normally The Eagles would move a home game to this stadium against the Knights so that both teams have moderate crowd support, but I can’t understand why the Rabbitohs are making the move, they have no one up there! Unsurprisingly each team is level pegging at this venue, with both sitting on 0 wins. Last year was not the best for the Eagles, but they did manage to beat the Rabbitohs in both of the outings in 2011.
Sam Burgess (named but in doubt)
Tony Williams (possible return)
South Sydney Rabbitohs
In 2010 the Rabbitohs were without star hooker Isaac Luke for a lot of the season, and this player is probably the last one that you want to have injured on their star studded line up. Luke is one of those players that plays at a consistently high level, this is why he is the NZ hooker and its also why the Bunnies don’t go all that well without him. Last weekend they did extremely well to maintain a high level performance without him after he was seeing starts just before half time after tackling Fui Fui Moi Moi. The other big names at the Rabbitohs camp had to put their hands up, and Inglis finally did something. Lucky the little feller has a thick skull on him as he will be lining up against the Eagles this week. If South Sydney can repeat last weeks performance then this will be a close one.
Manly Sea Eagles
It was good to see the Wolf Man David Williams back in action at the weekend, scoring the first and last tries for Manly. It has been a lengthy stint on the sidelines for this talented player and it was a relief to see him back to his try scoring ways. Young Daly Cherry-Evans is also starting to impress me on the fringes at half back, he is giving good service and playing an excellent support role to Keiren Foran. Choc Watmough had a good all round game as well, and when he gets his feet planted he will be a massive threat to the defense of a lot of teams this year. In all fairness the Eagles should have obliterated the Knights after they incurred such a large amount of injuries, however the Knights managed to somewhat hang on and only went down by 14. There will be only 2 types of supporters at this match, Eagles supporters and Eagles haters, as there will be very few of Souths genuine supporters here.
The Eagles have taken 2 good scalps so far this year in the 2010 finalists team the Roosters and the early table topping Knights. The Rabbitoh’s have already lost to the Roosters this year, and if this is anything to go by one would have to assume that the Eagles will get up. More of a home game than an away, as well as some players performing well after sideline stints has Manly the favourites this week in my mind as well as the Bookies. Eagles to win 1-12.
Manly are the H2H favourites in this match paying $1.77 through Sportsbet Australia. If you are happy to have a crack at 1-12 the best odds are at Sportingbet Australia and this is paying $3.30. I’m happy enough with the odds they are paying for the win though.
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