Rabbitohs v Raiders preview: round 7

Maybe it was the simple fact they were playing their long-time rivals, but the Bunnies looked like genuine top-eight material with last week’s convincing win over the Roosters.

The challenge now is to back it up with another confident performance against a Raiders team which appears to be coming good after a disappointing start to the season.

Rabbitohs enforcer Sam Burgess is still suspended but his brothers Tom and George stood up in his absence last week. Can they maintain the rage?

The Raiders are aiming for a third straight win after losing their first four games. The Green Machine seem to have sorted out their defensive issues, conceding a total of just 12 points in their past two outings.

Head-to-head: Played 52; Raiders 31 wins; Rabbitohs 21 wins

2017 result: Raiders won 32-18 at ANZ Stadium in round 21

Points per game: Rabbitohs 21; Raiders 22.5

Points conceded per game: Rabbitohs 17; Raiders 20.7

Televised: Live on Fox League

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