Saturday, August 25, 3pm
GIO Stadium, Canberra
South Sydney has dropped its past two matches after a 38-18 drubbing by the Brisbane Broncos in round 23. The Bunnies will have had eight days to lick their wounds ahead of their trip to Canberra to face the Raiders. Canberra put in one of their most consistent efforts of the season against the Sydney Roosters last Sunday, completing all of their sets until the final 10 minutes of the match and held on to win 14-12. These two sides met in round seven this season in Gosford, where the Bunnies were victorious 42-22.
Stats That Matter
- Canberra has won four of the six matches between these two sides since 2014.
- In their past 14 meetings, the total has gone over a staggering 13 times.
- When coming off a loss of 20 or more points, the Bunnies have only won four of 14 matches the following round.
- South Sydney is the best team against the spread this season, covering the handicap more than 60 per cent of the time.
- Souths have scored the most tries (88) in the competition this season, closely followed by the Raiders (87) who have scored the second most.
The Wolf knows that if the weather co-operates, we are in for a high-scoring affair in the nation’s capital. Both of these sides loving to attack and score points, with their season try scoring figures well above the rest of the competition. The Bunnies will be well rested after their disappointing performance in Brisbane and might even have captain Greg Inglis back for this clash after he has missed time due to a broken thumb. Backing Canberra after beating the competition favourites is fools gold.
How It Shapes Up
South Sydney by 8.
Best: Over 44 points ($1.88)
Value: South Sydney 1-12 ($2.85)
First Tryscorer: Dane Gagai ($13)