PREVIEW: Rabbitohs v Knights – Rd 2, 2016

PREVIEW: Rabbitohs v Knights - Rd 2, 2016

Rabbitohs v Knights

ANZ Stadium

Saturday 12 March

Kick-off – 3pm

Coming off the back of a comprehensive 42-10 victory against the Sydney Roosters in Round 1 of the Telstra Premiership, the South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Newcastle Knights in their first home game of the 2016 season this Saturday at ANZ Stadium.

Having recorded victories over the Newcastle Knights in their previous five encounters the Rabbitohs will be looking to maintain their strong record against the Novocastrians and build on their Round 1 performance against the Tri-colours.

Head Coach Michael Maguire was happy with his team’s opening performance against the Roosters, but has pointed out that the side needs to continue their development on a weekly basis.

“There were some great efforts right throughout the game, but once again being mindful, we’ve got to take that forward into Round 2,” said Maguire.

Despite starting the season in emphatic fashion, the Rabbitohs will face a new challenge, with a number of players that featured in the opening round win against the Roosters sidelined through injury.

Adam Reynolds (jaw), John Sutton (pectoral), Zane Musgrove (hand) and Thomas Burgess (ankle) – who did not partake in the Round 1 win – will be unavailable for the clash with Newcastle.

 

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But while a cohort of key players are in the Club’s casualty ward, a number of new and familiar faces come into the side for a chance at cementing their spot in Maguire’s top 17.

The Rabbitohs will be bolstered by the return of Luke Keary and George Burgess – the two Premiership winners coming back into the team after serving one week and two week suspensions respectively.

If the Rabbitohs are to continue their winning ways, they will have to overcome a Newcastle side that will be looking to jump-start their season after suffering a 30-12 loss in their opening round game against the Gold Coast Titans. With five Knights players making their NRL debut in Round 1, the youthful side will be led by two experienced halves in the form of Bulldogs recruit, Trent Hodkinson, and Newcastle veteran, Jarrod Mullen.

The Rabbitohs will wear limited edition Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice™ jerseys against the Knights.

The Batman and Superman logos – moulded together for the film – will take pride of place alongside the Rabbitohs logo on the Club’s traditional home strip on Saturday, as the men in Red and Green return to ANZ Stadium for their first home game of the new season.

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Spotlight: The halves

With halfback, Adam Reynolds, sustaining an injury against the Roosters, Round 2 will see the Rabbitohs debut a new halves pairing against the Knights, with Luke Keary and Cody Walker coming together for the first time in first-grade.

Having played together during the pre-season in the Charity Shield fixture against the St George Illawarra Dragons, the pair looked solid while guiding the Rabbitohs to an 18-14 victory.

Walker impressed on debut against the Roosters with a strong display in both attack and defence, with the rookie setting up a try and completing 21 tackles. Add Premiership winning pivot, Keary, into the mix and the Rabbitohs appear to be in capable hands.

Captain, Greg Inglis, was adamant that Walker and Keary would be up to the task of steering the team around the park in the absence of Reynolds.

“We have people there to step into his place,” said Inglis.

“Cody Walker showed us against the Roosters and Luke Keary comes back in.

“(Keary) definitely will be (ready). All he wants to do is play footy.”

Walker and Keary will do battle against the more experienced combination of Trent Hodkinson and Jarrod Mullen, who will be looking to make amends for a lack of points in Round 1.

The halves combinations for both teams will undeniably have a significant influence on the outcome of the game.

 

NYC

Rabbitohs v Knights

ANZ Stadium

Saturday 12 March

Souths Sydney’s NYC (under 20s side) will go in search of their first victory of the 2016 season when they face the Newcastle Knights in Round 2 at ANZ Stadium.

The Knights got their season off to a flyer against the Titans last week – coming away with a 34-18 victory.

Meanwhile, the Rabbitohs went down to the Sydney Roosters in Round 1 of the competition at Allianz Stadium by 40-20 in a see-sawing affair.

In their first Premiership hit-out of the 2016 season, the David Penna-coached Souths side showed plenty of promise despite the hot conditions and the final result on the score-board.

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