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Preview: Broncos v Rabbitohs

Injury to Justin Hodges and the return of Greg Inglis could well tilt the scales in South Sydney's favour this Sunday when the Rabbitohs attempt to extend their remarkable late season surge.
Preview: Broncos v Rabbitohs
by NRL

Injury to Justin Hodges and the return of Greg Inglis could well tilt the scales in South Sydney's favour this Sunday when the Rabbitohs attempt to extend their remarkable late season surge.

And if Inglis' presence is not enough for Souths, then the return of dynamic fullback Nathan Merritt, should do the trick. Between them the two strike players for the Red and Greens have scorched across for 12 tries in just two games and have been instrumental figures in the Rabbitoh run.

That threatened to come to a premature end last Friday night when Souths almost succumbed to the Cowboys in their absence but somehow, halfback Chris Sandow managed to conjure another improbable come-from-behind victory.

Broncos coach Anthony Griffin has named back-rower Ben Te'o as the man to replace Hodges in the centres and that means he will be opposed to Inglis.

Even without Hodges, the Broncos will provide stiff opposition for the Rabbitohs and a huge crowd is expected to throw their weight behind the home team.

Take a Brisbane try as First Scoring Play and consider a Broncos/Rabbitohs or Rabbitohs/Broncos outcome in the Half/Full Double.

Players to consider for First Tryscorer include Gerard Beale, Josh Hoffman or Justin Hodges for Brisbane or Dylan Farrell, Nathan Merritt or Chris McQueen for the Rabbitohs.

Brisbane v Souths
Suncorp Stadium
Sunday 3pm


Brisbane Broncos
1 Josh Hoffman, 2 Gerard Beale, 3 Jack Reed, 4 Ben Te'o, 5 Jharal Yow Yeh, 6 Darren Lockyer [c], 7 Peter Wallace, 8 Josh McGuire, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Scott Anderson, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Sam Thaiday, 13 Corey Parker. Subs: 14 Matt Gillett, 15 Ben Hunt, 16 Ben Hannant, 17 David Hala.

South Sydney Rabbitohs
1 Nathan Merritt, 2 Dylan Farrell, 3 Shaune Corrigan, 4 Greg Inglis, 5 Chris McQueen, 6 John Sutton, 7 Chris Sandow, 8 Ben Ross, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Shannan McPherson, 11 Eddy Pettybourne, 12 David Taylor, 13 Michael Crocker [c]. Subs: 14 Luke Burgess, 15 Dave Tyrrell, 16 Jason Clark, 17 Nathan Peats.

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Broncos by 6

OVERALL:
Total Games: 24
Brisbane Broncos wins: 18. [Pts: 686]
South Sydney Rabbitohs wins: 5. [Pts: 410]
Draws: 1

Biggest wins:
Brisbane Broncos: 50 pts: 1995 Australian Rugby League - Round 20 - [View] Sun Aug 13: Broncos 56 d. Souths 6 [Crowd: 24801]
South Sydney Rabbitohs: 32 pts: 2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 12 l. South Sydney Rabbitohs 44

Biggest Crowd: 1994 J J Giltinan Shield and Winfield Cup - Round 14 - [View] Fri Jul 1: Broncos 40 d. Souths 10 [Crowd: 36549]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Brisbane Broncos: LLWWWWWWWWWWWWWDWWLWWLWL
South Sydney Rabbitohs: WWLLLLLLLLLLLLLDLLWLLWLW

Last 10 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Fri: South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 d. Brisbane Broncos 12 [Crowd: 15371]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Sun: Brisbane Broncos 50 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 [Crowd: 30311]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 12 l. South Sydney Rabbitohs 44
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 32 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 [Crowd: 34112]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 8 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 4 [Crowd: 27387]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Sat: Rabbitohs 34 d. Broncos 14 [Crowd: 6537]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 5 - [View] Sat: Broncos 30 d. Rabbitohs 12 [Crowd: 20816]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sat: Broncos 36 d. Souths 12 [Crowd: 18081]
2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sat Aug 28: Souths 34 drew Broncos 34 [Crowd: 7049]
2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 17 - [View] Sun Jul 4: Broncos 48 d. Souths 28 [Crowd: 19942]

Overall record at Suncorp Stadium, Castlemaine Street, Milton, Brisbane (QLD) Stats:
Brisbane Broncos: 166 games, won 105, drawn 0, lost 61.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sat: Brisbane Broncos 21 d. New Zealand Warriors 20
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 46 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 16
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 30 d. Gold Coast Titans 10
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 21 d. St George Illawarra Dragons 14
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Sun: Brisbane Broncos 25 d. Canberra Raiders 24

South Sydney Rabbitohs: 11 games, won 3, drawn 0, lost 8.
Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Sun: Brisbane Broncos 50 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 22
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 12 l. South Sydney Rabbitohs 44
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 32 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 18
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 8 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 4
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 5 - [View] Sat: Broncos 30 d. Rabbitohs 12

Head to Head at Suncorp Stadium, Castlemaine Street, Milton, Brisbane (QLD) Stats:
Total Games: 9
Brisbane Broncos wins: 7. [Pts: 250]
South Sydney Rabbitohs wins: 2. [Pts: 178]
Draws: 0

Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Sun: Brisbane Broncos 50 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 [Crowd: 30311]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 12 l. South Sydney Rabbitohs 44
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 32 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 [Crowd: 34112]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 8 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 4 [Crowd: 27387]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 5 - [View] Sat: Broncos 30 d. Rabbitohs 12 [Crowd: 20816]

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