Palmerbet Sports Team’s Best of the Day preview puts a mouth-watering Round 22 clash between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters under the microscope as the NRL greatest club feud continues.
19:55 (AEST) @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney
History: Played 217: South Sydney 113 V Sydney Roosters 99 (5 Draws).
Last Meeting: Round 6, 2018: South Sydney 26 d Sydney Roosters 14 at Allianz Stadium.
Final Thoughts: The NRL’s most bitter grudge match takes on more significance than usual with the South Sydney Rabbitohs sitting on top of the ladder, just two points clear of the third-placed Sydney Roosters.
"I don't like using the word hate, but obviously there's a big rivalry between us." 🐇👊🐓
— South Sydney Rabbitohs 🐰 (@SSFCRABBITOHS) August 6, 2018
The victor will take the competition lead (albeit with Melbourne having something to say about that later in the weekend) and huge psychological edge into a potential finals rematch. The heavyweights are also in blistering form and punters have backed them into the first two lines of premiership futures betting, the Roosters at $3.30 and the Rabbitohs at $3.80.
Souths have won 11 of their last 12, putting a loss to Wests Tigers and scratchy win over Parramatta behind them with an authoritative 30-20 defeat of the Storm last Friday.
Hooker Damien Cook is in unbelievable form and the rest of the spine is not far behind, while no forward pack in the NRL is playing better. But their outside-back contingent took a hit with Campbell Graham and Adam Doueihi joining Greg Inglis on the sidelines, replaced in the starting side by Braidon Burns and Richie Kennar.
— Woody & Slugs do League (@woodyandslugs) August 3, 2018
The Roosters have won eight of their last nine, following up a brutal 36-18 disposal of St George Illawarra with a hard-fought 26-20 victory over fast-finishing North Queensland in Round 21.
The Tricolours go in unchanged and have Latrell Mitchell – the First Tryscorer favourite here at $10 – and James Tedesco in sizzling touch.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) August 3, 2018
The Roosters have won four of their last six against the Rabbitohs, but Souths carved out a 26-14 upset in Round 6 this season that kicked off their mid-season surge. Cook and the Burgess brother starred in the high-quality win.
Twelve of the teams’ last 17 clashes were decided by 1-12 margins, including three of the last four. The proportion of tight encounters increases out at ANZ Stadium, with six of the last eight decided by 12 points or less.
From a points total perspective, each of the last four meetings have produced 40 points or less – and with the sides both ranked top-three defensively, the unders looks a sound play with the archrivals very difficult to split.