This is it Moneyballers, the last round of the regular season and the last chance for some of the teams to play before the finals. Tonight sees the Bulldogs face the Rabbitohs in a great warm up to the finals race.
The Bulldogs have lost two on the trot but can be the most destructive team on the planet on their day. Coach Dessy Hasler has made a living of getting his teams into the finals and through tough games. If Hasler can help his team return to the winner’s circle in time for the finals he’ll certainly earn his pay tonight.
The Rabbitohs have won three games on the trot, yet they’re the team who won’t feature in the latter dates of September. Their recent run of form has shown just how good they can be and will give their faithful plenty to hope for in 2017
Josh Reynolds ($6,800)
He may be the NRL’s biggest grub and one of the most polarizing players of all time but there’s no denying Josh has an impact on the game, sometimes positive, sometimes negative. The Doggies halves have faltered in recent weeks and tonight’s test doesn’t get any easier against Reynolds’ in form opposition and namesake Adam Reynolds ($6,600). Despite the recent struggles Josh has a pretty handy stats sheet for 2016, it reads; 7 tries, 14 try assists, 10 line breaks, 12 line break assists, 26 offloads and 45 tackle busts.
James Graham ($8,700)
Imagine if you will, Greg Inglis ($8,300) puts on his trademark fend, breaks through the line and runs 90m to score. Who’s the one Dogs player who’s chasing him, however futile it may be? It’s James Graham, it’s always James Graham because that’s the sort of never give up, ultra competitive sort of man he is. The Pommy prop is the ultimate lead by example captain for his team and I could confidently say that without him, the dogs wouldn’t be sitting as high on the ladder. He has made a name for himself by doing the 1% things but his stats sheet isn’t too bad either; 19 tackle busts, 36 tackles and 153 run metres.
Cody Walker ($8,500)
Walker has been a revelation for the cardinal and myrtle this season; at 26 the five-eighth is the definition of a late bloomer. Coach Michael Maguire looks like a genius for bringing the best out of Walker and he’ll need him to continue his form tonight if the Rabbitohs are to claim yet another late season victory. Cody had a journeyman beginning to his career, shifting between the Gold Coast, Penrith and Melbourne before finally finding a home at Souths. Now just to rattle off some stats for you – 8 tries, 11 try assists, 19 line breaks, 15 line break assists, near 100 run metres and 77 tackle busts in just 18 games.
Sam Burgess ($9,400)
Big Sammy is already a Souths legend for his 2014 grand final heroics but since returning from his Rugby Union foray he has taken the better part of the year to find his feet back in the NRL. The rock hard defence is back, the bullocking running style has returned and the 27-year-old seems to be back to his best now. Now for some stats and remember this is an average year for him; 4 tries, 48 offloads, 2 try assists, 150 run metres, 8 line break assists, 32 tackles and 44 tackle busts.
I’m tipping an upset tonight, the Rabbitohs will surprise everyone. Rabbitohs by 6.
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