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Preview: Rabbitohs v Cowboys

This is one of a number of key games this weekend that will go a long way towards determining the make-up of the final eight and it is an opportunity for the Rabbitohs to take another step towards a play-off berth.
Preview: Rabbitohs v Cowboys
by NRL

This is one of a number of key games this weekend that will go a long way towards determining the make-up of the final eight and it is an opportunity for the Rabbitohs to take another step towards a play-off berth.

Souths are backed by a wave of confidence at present and big wins over St George Illawarra, Parramatta and Canberra have improved their for and against standing by a staggering 89 points. They still have to make up ground on teams such as Newcastle (plus 49), Wests Tigers (plus 33) and the Warriors (plus 89) but that will be irrelevant if they don't continue to win.

The Cowboys will field one of their strongest line-ups of the season in this match, with Aaron Payne to resume at hooker after missing last weekend's loss to the Broncos. But Neil Henry's men need to come to terms with a worrying trend of losses in Sydney. They have not won at ANZ Stadium since 2006 and they have managed only one win from six games in Sydney this season.

Take a South Sydney try as First Scoring Play and stick with the Rabbitohs to win by a 1-12 margin.

For First Tryscorer, look to Nathan Merritt, Dylan Farrell or Chris McQueen (Souths) or Ashley Graham or Matt Bowen (North Queensland).

Souths v North Queensland
ANZ Stadium
Friday night 7.35pm


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.

North Queensland Cowboys
1 Matthew Bowen, 2 Ashley Graham, 3 Brent Tate, 4 Willie Tonga, 5 Kalifa Faifai Loa, 6 Ray Thompson, 7 Johnathan Thurston [c], 8 Matthew Scott [c], 9 Aaron Payne, 10 James Tamou, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Glenn Hall, 13 Dallas Johnson. Subs: 14 James Segeyaro, 15 Tariq Sims, 16 Scott Bolton, 17 Ashton Sims, 18 Cory Paterson, 19 Joel Riethmuller (two to be omitted).

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Rabbitohs by 10

OVERALL:
Total Games: 20
South Sydney Rabbitohs wins: 10. [Pts: 399]
North Queensland Cowboys wins: 9. [Pts: 489]
Draws: 1

Biggest wins:
South Sydney Rabbitohs: 28 pts: 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Mon: South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 d. North Queensland Cowboys 4 [Crowd: 9688]
North Queensland Cowboys: 52 pts: 2003 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat Aug 23: Cowboys 60 d. Souths 8 [Crowd: 13872]

Biggest Crowd: 1996 Optus Cup - Round 16 - [View] Sat Jul 20: Cowboys 20 l. Souths 22 [Crowd: 27096]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
South Sydney Rabbitohs: WWWWLLLLDLWLLLWWWWLW
North Queensland Cowboys: LLLLWWWWDWLWWWLLLLWL

Last 10 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Mon: South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 d. North Queensland Cowboys 4 [Crowd: 9688]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sat: North Queensland Cowboys 46 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 [Crowd: 16568]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sat: North Queensland Cowboys 28 l. South Sydney Rabbitohs 29 [Crowd: 15631]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sun: South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 d. North Queensland Cowboys 24 [Crowd: 9818]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sun: South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 d. North Queensland Cowboys 14 [Crowd: 10022]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Mon: North Queensland Cowboys 6 l. South Sydney Rabbitohs 10 [Crowd: 17678]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sun: Rabbitohs 12 l. Cowboys 34 [Crowd: 8914]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 17 - [View] Sat: Cowboys 16 d. Rabbitohs 14 [Crowd: 17506]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sun: Souths 16 l. Cowboys 30 [Crowd: 13079]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sat: Cowboys 14 l. Souths 16 [Crowd: 17038]

Overall record at ANZ Stadium (Sydney), Homebush Bay, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
South Sydney Rabbitohs: 72 games, won 31, drawn 1, lost 40.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Mon: South Sydney Rabbitohs 56 d. Parramatta Eels 6
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Sun: South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 l. New Zealand Warriors 48
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sat: South Sydney Rabbitohs 21 d. Sydney Roosters 20
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Fri: South Sydney Rabbitohs 31 d. Gold Coast Titans 8
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sun: South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 l. Melbourne Storm 16

North Queensland Cowboys: 13 games, won 4, drawn 0, lost 9.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Fri: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 14 d. North Queensland Cowboys 6
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Mon: South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 d. North Queensland Cowboys 4
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Fri: Bulldogs 30 d. North Queensland Cowboys 18
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sun: South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 d. North Queensland Cowboys 24
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sun: South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 d. North Queensland Cowboys 14

Head to Head at ANZ Stadium (Sydney), Homebush Bay, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Total Games: 4
South Sydney Rabbitohs wins: 3. [Pts: 92]
North Queensland Cowboys wins: 1. [Pts: 76]
Draws: 0

Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Mon: South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 d. North Queensland Cowboys 4 [Crowd: 9688]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sun: South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 d. North Queensland Cowboys 24 [Crowd: 9818]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sun: South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 d. North Queensland Cowboys 14 [Crowd: 10022]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sun: Rabbitohs 12 l. Cowboys 34 [Crowd: 8914]

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