NRL Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Live Streaming Free National Rugby League 2017. Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs match will be kick off at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Friday 14 April 2017 online, Time 16:00 (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
Canterbury and South Sydney are two of the oldest clubs going around in the NRL and some of their biggest battles have come over the last few years.
The freshest chapter of their 80-plus year rivalry began in 2014 when the Rabbitohs won a historic grand final, with Sam Burgess surviving a fractured cheekbone from countryman James Graham in the opening tackle to steer his side to victory and claim the Clive Churchill Medal.
Bad blood between the clubs only intensified the following season on Good Friday – or ‘Bad Friday’ – as tempers flared on and off the field during a controversial 18-17 win for Souths. However the Bulldogs avenged that loss with authority last year, demolishing the Rabbitohs 42-12 in what was arguably their best display of the season.
With all that past history in mind, this is shaping as another fiery Good Friday showdown at ANZ Stadium on Friday afternoon.
After sharing underwhelming starts to the season, both the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs come into this encounter on the back of last-start victories, with Canterbury downing the Knights 22-12 and Souths edging Penrith 21-20 courtesy of a late Adam Reynolds field goal.
Souths bounced back from consecutive 20-6 losses to the Roosters and Cowboys, but Penrith were missing three of their best players, and I think it’s safe to say that the Rabbitohs have yet to really discover their best form in 2017.
But the same can be said for the Bulldogs. Des Hasler’s side have won back-to-back games over Brisbane and Newcastle, but truth be told, they haven’t been impressive in either, and there’s still so much conjecture over their key positions.
However both sides will no doubt be up for this game, and hopefully that brings out the best in them. The Bulldogs hold the advantage in the forward battle, but Souths are clearly stronger in the playmaking department. Much will depend on how Hasler lines up the Bulldogs in the halves, but all things considered, I think the Rabbitohs will edge this in a close one.
Canterbury Bulldogs: 1. Brett Morris 2. Kerrod Holland 3. Josh Morris 4. Brenko Lee 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Moses Mbye 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham (c) 11. Josh Jackson 12. Adam Elliot 13. Greg Eastwood. Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Francis Tualau 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 19. Craig Garvey 20. Matt Frawley 21. Renouf Toomaga 23. Reimis Smith
South Sydney Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Braidon Burns 3. Siosifa Talakai 4. Robert Jennings 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tom Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Kyle Turner 11. John Sutton 12. Angus Crichton 13. Sam Burgess (c). Interchange: 14. Robbie Farah 15. Jason Clark 16. Zane Musgrove 17. George Burgess 18. Anthony Cherrington 19. Robbie Rochow 20. Cameron Murray 21. Tyrell Fuimaono