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NRL Round 17: Rabbitohs v Cowboys
This is a game that I see as being similar to the Manly v Raiders game.
The bookies are looking at the flogging the Cowboys copped at the hands of the Knights last weekend and with a few more players out due to Origin, they are predicting another Cowboys capitulation.
But there are a few reasons I think that the Cowboys will be competitive here:
1) In terms of getting flogged by the Knights, as you are aware I am a big believer in the Knights in 2021 and I think they played some terrific footy at home last weekend. The score line was not so much a reflection of how poor the Cowboys are, but rather, just what Ponga can do to a team when he is injury free.
2) The Cowboys were without the head coach due to COVID isolation requirements, so that was a huge disruption to their prep last week. He is back this weekend with the squad.
3) Souths are missing a ton of talent due to Origin and injury, with Latrell, Cook, Murray, Gagai, Arrow and Tatola, all missing this week. That is two key outside backs, and four starting forwards.
While the Cowboys will miss Holmes at 1, Hammer out wide and Molo in the middle, they do not lose Feldt this time around and they keep their halves pairing of Dearden and Drinkwater. Their forward pack is largely intact and they welcome back Gilbert from injury. While Souths still have their starting halves and some fire power out wide, their forward depth will be tested here. Marshall at 9 will be a target for the Cowboys big men, while Taaffe at the back will also be something the Cowboys will look to punish on the kick return, with the diminutive fullback a much different player to Latrell.
All in all, this is a very disrupted Bunnies team and although I do not think the Cowboys have the class to win, I do think they are worth a small bet at the head start.
Predicted score Rabbitohs 24 – Cowboys 16