Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Rabbitohs Face the Table-Topping Broncos in Anzac Weekend Opener; Rugby League Columnist Tony Durkin Casts His Eye over Round 8 of the NRL

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Rabbitohs Face the Table-Topping Broncos in Anzac Weekend Opener; Rugby League Columnist Tony Durkin Casts His Eye over Round 8 of the NRL

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TOMORROW

Broncos v Rabbitohs

Suncorp Stadium 7.50pm

History: Played 32; Broncos 22, Rabbitohs 9, drawn 1

Last met: Broncos 47-12, round 25, 2015

AS A kid living on a 2500-hectare property inhabited by fauna, I never saw an angry rabbit. That however, may not be the case at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night when the under-the-gun, under-performing South Sydney Rabbitohs face the table-topping Broncos. After jumping out of the blocks with two big wins, the Rabbitohs have struggled to score points since and were very poor against the Cowboys last weekend with big guns Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess failing to fire. The Broncos may be playing well, and winning, but they will not take the Rabbitohs lightly and this shapes as an absorbing Anzac weekend opener.

TIP - Broncos

SATURDAY

Bulldogs v Titans

ANZ Stadium 3pm

History: Played 13; Titans 7, Bulldogs 6

Last met: Bulldogs 36-14, round 23, 2015

THE 2016 Bulldogs are as scatty as the public persona of their coach, Des Hasler. Brimful of class and experience, the $14 premiership pops simply can't string two games together, and their fans have every right to expect much more. But this may be the weekend they turn their form around because the Titans haven't exactly been setting the world on fire either. With a massive forward pack, rookie centre Kerrod Holland finding his feet and the home ground advantage, the 'Dogs should win, and win well.

TIP - Bulldogs

Raiders v Tigers

GIO Stadium 5.30pm

History: Played 30; Tigers 18, Raiders 12

Last met: Tigers 20- 18, round 22, 2015

CHALLENGED by coach Jason Taylor to player tougher, the Tigers delivered in that area last weekend despite their one-point loss to the Storm. Minus skipper Aaron Woods, they were gritty and without luck, but the same could not be said of the Green Machine. Since their outstanding round five win against the Bulldogs Ricky's Raiders have slumped to successive defeats, conceding 76 points and virtually wasting their impressive start to the season. But surely, at home, they can beat the struggling Tigers.

TIP - Raiders

Cowboys v Eels

1300SMILES Stadium 7.30pm

History: Played 34; Eels 18, Cowboys 15, drawn 1

Last met: Eels 20-16, round 2, 2016

THIS is unquestionably the match of the round and strangely, it's the premiers who have revenge on their mind. Beaten by the Eels in round two after an ill-disciplined and error-riddled performance, the Cowboys will be hell bent on keeping their unbeaten home record this season intact. Most interest centres on the confrontation between Johnathan Thurston and his defensive nemesis Beau Scott, who has made no secret of the fact he will be targeting the Cowboys' captain. Although vastly improved in 2016, the Eels will be no match if the Cowboys play to their potential. …

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