Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Burgess Injury Has Bunnies Worried; Eagles Look for Two; Rugby League Columnist Tony Durkin Casts His Eye over Round 4 of the NRL

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Burgess Injury Has Bunnies Worried; Eagles Look for Two; Rugby League Columnist Tony Durkin Casts His Eye over Round 4 of the NRL

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TOMORROW

ANZ Stadium 3pm (AEST)

History: Played 152; Bulldogs 79, Rabbitohs 69, drawn 4

Last met: Bulldogs 32-18, round 24, 2015

SOUTHS will need the Easter Bunny and all his goodwill to hop on board tomorrow after their sensational start to the season came crashing back to earth at the weekend. Already without Adam Reynolds and John Sutton, the further loss of Sam Burgess is catastrophic, especially against a Bulldogs pack on the rebound. The Dogs, with Greg Eastwood returning, have the wood on the Rabbits at ANZ Stadium and that record should continue - if they don't revisit the distasteful behaviour of this clash 12 months ago.

TIP - Bulldogs

Broncos v Cowboys

Suncorp Stadium 7.05pm

History: Played 43; Broncos 29, Cowboys 12, drawn 2

Last met: Cowboys 17-16, grand final 2015

WHAT is a given is that the warm reception usually reserved for the Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium will be absent from this much-hyped grand final rematch. No longer are they little brother, but now the hunted. And following their second-half sleepover last weekend, the Broncos will be switched on for this. That shock loss to the Panthers was not just a wake-up call, but a sign the well-structured Broncos's defence struggles against an ad-lib attack. After a slip-up the previous week the premiers hit back against the Roosters and if they reproduce that form this will - as is usually the case - go down to the wire.

TIP - Broncos

SATURDAY

GIO Stadium 4.30pm

History: Played 17; Titans 10, Raiders 7

Last met: Titans 28-12, round 24, 2015

DESPITE sitting second on the ladder, the Raiders have averaged 22 points against them already this season, just a touch under their terrible record of 2015 and a major concern for coach Ricky Stuart. But to their credit, two wins at home is an improvement from the 3/9 record of 2015. Both teams registered surprising results last weekend - the Titans impressive winners over the Tigers and the Raiders surrendering after establishing superiority against the winless Knights. At home, the Raiders look the stronger on paper.

TIP - Raiders

Roosters v

Sea Eagles

Allianz Stadium, 6.30pm

History: Played 127; Sea Eagles 81, Roosters 44, drawn 2

Last met: Roosters 46-10, round 25, 2015

EVERY stat says the Sea Eagles will win this, but I'm not so sure. Despite scoring fewer points than only one other team and having had the most points scored against them, the minor premiers of the past three years are better than those undeniable facts disclose.

And the Sea Eagles, with one scrappy win under their belt, are certainly no world beaters and will be without metre-eater Martin Taupau. Patched-up and seemingly with little light at the end of the tunnel, I sense a change in fortunes for the Roosters this weekend. …

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