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NRL Round 23 preview panel

Preview of NRL Round 23 match (time AEST):
NRL Round 23 preview panel
by AAP

By Steve Zemek

SYDNEY, Aug 13 AAP - Preview of NRL Round 23 match (time AEST):

Thursday, August 14

South Sydney v Brisbane at ANZ Stadium 7.45pm

Head to Head: Broncos 21 Rabbitohs 7 Drawn 1

Last clash: Round 8 2014 - Rabbitohs 28 bt Broncos 26 at Suncorp Stadium

Tab Sportsbet: Rabbitohs $1.36 Broncos $3.25

FootyTAB: Broncos +8.5

South Sydney are the team to beat after knocking off ladder leaders Manly last weekend. Following four wins on the bounce, they are full of momentum and building nicely at the right time of year. Bunnies fans would be forgiven for thinking they had heard all this before. The past two seasons they appeared to be peaking at the right time, only to fall one game shy of the grand final. Can they finally break their 43-year premiership drought? They will be without suspended prop George Burgess for the next two weeks, but he will be replaced by his twin brother Tom. The Broncos rebounded with a badly needed win against Canterbury last week. They sit in 10th and will be desperate again. Queensland centre Justin Hodges (hamstring) has not been named but is expected to play.

Key: Can the Broncos contain Sam Burgess? The Sea Eagles failed to keep him under wraps last week and he ran for a massive 202m from 28 hit ups, made 31 tackles, two line breaks and bagged one try in a game-winning effort.

Tip: Rabbitohs





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