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As well as providing his best value bets every week, our NRL guru Steve Green also previews every NRL game for members. Each week on the blog we’ll feature three of his match previews from the eight games. Check out his NRL Round 9 Triple Preview…

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NRL Round 9: Rabbitohs v Storm

Without Reynolds, Mitchell, Murray, Graham, and Mansour, the Bunnies depth will really be tested this weekend.

While Marshall to 7, Walker to 6 and Johnston to 1, and Arrow to 13, is a pretty good work-around, the real danger for Souths will be out wide and at the back.

Filling in fullback is extremely difficult and I think Johnson has struggled to do it in the past. So it is no surprise to me that Hawkins has been called in to partner Marshall in halves and Walker shifted back to 1. I am not happy about this change, as Johnston at 1 was a real weak link in my view and something Munster would have targeted with big bombs.

The Storm showed that when the turn it on, they can tear out of position players to pieces. Wilton and Chambers had no answers out wide last weekend and Souths could struggle with the likes of Marsters, Milne and Burns all coming out of the NSW Cup to up against the Premiers. (UPDATE: Milne has dropped out of the squad due to the reshuffle discussed above).

While Marsters had played all year in the NSW Cup, Burns has played only 1, so he is going to be challenged by the speed the Storm play the game.

On the plus side Tatola will return, while Su’a played his best game in a long time last week. Souths forwards look strong and that is the reason this one is not a 2 Unit play.

As for the Storm, with Papenhuyzen rested again this weekend and given an extra week to get over his injury, Nicho Hynes will be at the back. But besides that, this is a full strength Storm line up that is great form.

Munster, Grant, B Smith and Hughes should be able to craft enough points against this depleted Souths line up and I think the Storm should run away with this one.

Predicted Score Storm 24 – Souths 12

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