It’s the end of another long week and Moneyball has another Friday Night Footy special for you to play. Tonight the Rabbitohs took a wrong turn at Albuquerque (Bugs Bunny joke) and ended up at Pepper stadium hoping to spark their finals run against the Panthers. The Panthers are on the hunt and it’s rabbit season as they too want to get back into the top 8.
Both clubs will welcome back some Origin stars after a torrid encounter on Wednesday night. Matt Moylan ($8,400) and Josh Mansour ($7,100) will line up for the men at the foot of the mountain. Greg Inglis ($8,700) returns for the Bunnies, while Adam Reynolds ($6,300) has been named but is expected to miss up to a month of footy after injuring his shoulder for the Blues.
Matt Moylan ($8,400)
The livewire fullback will back up from Wednesday’s tough Origin encounter hoping for a reverse of fortunes to try and help his club to a 3 game winning streak. The captain needs to be at his best in the last line of defence to try and quell the attacking force of the Bunnies but his it will be his leadership that could decide this fixture. Moylan will need to guide and direct rookie half Nathan Cleary ($4,000) and their combo could decide the Panthers future for the season. Moylan will eventually do a Lockyer and move from fullback into the halves and his game already reflects that ability; he has 12 line break assists, 10 try assists, 11 offloads, 13 tackle busts and runs for 100 metres per game.
Bryce Cartwright ($9,100)
Cartwright must be feeling pretty hard done by to not have been involved in the first two origin fixtures. NSW fans will be making some serious noise for coach Laurie Daley to look to the future and select him for game 3. The 21 year old started his season in the pack but injury and form has seen him make the move into the 6 jersey and he seems to be loving the switch. Cartwright is one of the best forwards in the game, his season so far has 4 tries, 30 offloads, 6 line break assists, 4 try assists, 23 tackle busts and makes an average of 28 tackles and 107 run metres per game. In case you forgot this kid is 21, he could be anything in a few years!
John Sutton ($6,400)
Sutton made his comeback from injury last week and his side will need the back rower come five eighth to step up to the plate immediately, especially considering Adam Reynolds ($6,300) injury concerns. The former Bunnies captain will run out tonight to play his 250th game for his beloved Redfern club and will want to mark the occasion with a much needed victory. Coach Michael Maguire’s side has sorely missed his ball playing ability over the first few months of the season and Mag will be hoping Sutton can spark Souths finals hopes. In just two games in 2016, Sutton has made 24 runs for an average of 110 run metres as well as 22 tackles per game.
Greg Inglis ($8,700)
It should come as no shock to NRL fans when I say G.I. has been nowhere near his best this year. Sure his stats sheet is impressive; 8 line breaks, 6 line break assists, 13 offloads, 5 try assists, 2 tries and 138 average run metres but that’s just Greg slipping down to mortal standards as opposed to the near immortal level of play he normally comes up with. Inglis has been named at centre for the Bunnies for the first time since Round 2, 2012 and he will raring to go at the thought of the extra room on the edges. G.I. looked dangerous at centre for the Maroons and you can bet Dylan Walker will be sore after defending him all night, so watch out Panthers and his opposing centre Waqa Blake ($4,600)
Panthers by 6
Enjoy this one Moneyballers, it has the potential to be an enthralling contest. Both teams can attack and defend with the best in the business. All you have to do is pick your team and then sit back and reap the rewards. Good luck!