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Preview: Rabbitohs v Eels

Parramatta's finals race is run, they've lost their halfback for the rest of the season to injury and they've been beaten at the death in their last three games.
Preview: Rabbitohs v Eels
by NRL

Parramatta's finals race is run, they've lost their halfback for the rest of the season to injury and they've been beaten at the death in their last three games.

How much more can the Eels' bear?

The character of teams out of the running for the finals is put under the microscope over the final weeks of every season; some outfits pass the test by knocking over highly-credentialled opponents while others clock off early and become easy prey for their rivals.

The Eels have come to a point where their frustration levels are at breaking point but whether they fight through and finish the season on a high note or throw in the towel may be decided in this game.

After beating the Dragons last Sunday the Rabbitohs clearly believe in miracles and won't concede that they can't make the finals until every mathematical possibility is exhausted.

The return of big Dave Taylor will help their cause this week and if results go their way they could finish the round only two points off eighth place.

Take a Parramatta try as First Scoring Play and consider a Rabbitohs/Eels or Eels/Rabbitohs result in Half/Full Double betting.

Best hopes for First Tryscorer are Rhys Wesser, Nathan Merritt and Dylan Farrell for Souths or Jarryd Hayne, Luke Burt or Jordan Atkins for the Eels.

Souths v Parramatta
ANZ Stadium
Monday night 7pm


South Sydney Rabbitohs
1 Rhys Wesser, 2 Nathan Merritt, 3 Dylan Farrell, 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, 18 Shaune Corrigan (one to be omitted).

Parramatta Eels
1 Luke Burt, 2 Etu Uaisele, 3 Justin Horo, 4 Ben Smith, 5 Jordan Atkins, 6 Jarryd Hayne, 7 Casey McGuire, 8 Tim Mannah, 9 Matt Keating, 10 Fuifui Moimoi, 11 Nathan Hindmarsh [c], 12 Taniela Lasalo, 13 Reni Maitua. Subs: 15 Shane Shackleton, 16 Mitchell Allgood, 17 Pat O'Hanlon, 20 Manase Manuokafoa.

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Eels by 4

OVERALL:
Total Games: 113
South Sydney Rabbitohs wins: 60. [Pts: 2033]
Parramatta Eels wins: 50. [Pts: 1912]
Draws: 3

Biggest wins:
South Sydney Rabbitohs: 40 pts: 1957 J J Giltinan Shield - Round 7 - [View] Sat Jun 1: Souths 50 d. Eels 10 [Crowd: 6280]
Parramatta Eels: 54 pts: 2002 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sat Aug 10: Eels 54 d. Souths 0 [Crowd: 10148]

Biggest Crowd: 1965 J J Giltinan Shield and WD HO Wills Cup - Semi-finals - [View] Sat Aug 28: Souths 17 d. Eels 2 [Crowd: 54626]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
South Sydney Rabbitohs: LLLLLWLLWWLWLWLWWDLWLWWWLWWWWLLLLLLLLLLWLLWLWLDLWW
Parramatta Eels: WWWWWLWWLLWLWLWLLDWLWLLLWLLLLWWWWWWWWWWLWWLWLWDWLL

Last 10 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Fri: Parramatta Eels 18 l. South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 [Crowd: 22153]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Fri: South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 d. Parramatta Eels 16 [Crowd: 19098]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Sun: Parramatta Eels 22 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 [Crowd: 25152]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Fri: Parramatta Eels 16 drew South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 [Crowd: 10670]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Fri: South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 l. Parramatta Eels 14 [Crowd: 20871]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sat: South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 d. Parramatta Eels 20 [Crowd: 17897]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sun: Parramatta Eels 18 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 [Crowd: 15202]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Sun: South Sydney Rabbitohs 31 d. Parramatta Eels 6 [Crowd: 15165]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Sat: Eels 30 d. Rabbitohs 10 [Crowd: 10097]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 17 - [View] Sun: Eels 52 d. Souths 16 [Crowd: 16143]

Overall record at ANZ Stadium (Sydney), Homebush Bay, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
South Sydney Rabbitohs: 71 games, won 30, drawn 1, lost 40.
Last 5 games:
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
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 10 - [View] Sat: South Sydney Rabbitohs 29 d. Wests Tigers 18

Parramatta Eels: 38 games, won 19, drawn 1, lost 18.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Fri: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 8 d. Parramatta Eels 7
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Fri: Parramatta Eels 14 l. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 34
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Fri: Parramatta Eels 18 l. South Sydney Rabbitohs 32
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Fri: South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 d. Parramatta Eels 16
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Fri: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16 l. Parramatta Eels 32

Head to Head at ANZ Stadium (Sydney), Homebush Bay, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Total Games: 7
South Sydney Rabbitohs wins: 4. [Pts: 151]
Parramatta Eels wins: 2. [Pts: 112]
Draws: 1

Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Fri: Parramatta Eels 18 l. South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 [Crowd: 22153]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Fri: South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 d. Parramatta Eels 16 [Crowd: 19098]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Sun: Parramatta Eels 22 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 [Crowd: 25152]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Fri: Parramatta Eels 16 drew South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 [Crowd: 10670]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Fri: South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 l. Parramatta Eels 14 [Crowd: 20871]

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