THE LONG HARD LOOK WITH MIKE WILSON
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Parramatta Eels
ANZ Stadium, 7:00pm
Souths $1.72, Eels $2.36
Rabbitohs: Rhys Wesser, Nathan Merritt, Dylan Farrell, Greg Inglis, Chris McQueen, John Sutton, Chris Sandow, Ben Ross, Issac Luke, Shannan McPherson, Eddy Pettybourne, David Taylor, Michael Crocker (c). Interchange (from): Luke Burgess, Dave Tyrrell, Jason Clark, Nathan Peats, Shaune Corrigan
Eels: Luke Burt, Etu Uaisele, Justin Horo, Ben Smith, Jordan Atkins, Jarryd Hayne, Casey McGuire, Tim Mannah, Matt Keating, Fuifui Moimoi, Nathan Hindmarsh (C), Taniela Lasalo, Reni Maitua. Interchange: Shane Shackleton, Mitchell Allgood, Pat O’Hanlon, Manase Manuokafoa
What’s the matter Parramatta??? That’s the question being asked by footy followers in general after the Eels slumped to another loss last week when victory was in their grasp. Their halfback Jeff Robson is gone for rest of the season following a fracture to his cheekbone and having signed with Cronulla for 2012, he has played his last game in Eels colours. Casey McGuire slots into the no. 7 jumper.
Souths could mathematically make the finals and although it looks unlikely, they will be aiming for the top 8 and will probably go about it with a slight feeling of invincibility after putting on a superb comeback against the reigning premiers the Dragons last week. I think Souths showed us that if they can commit to the full 80 minutes, they should be able to do away with the Eels comfortably.
For those who don’t know, Souths halfback Chris Sandow has signed to be the Eels halfback in 2012 and will be looking to have a massive game in order to impress his future employers.
Mike’s Best Bet: None
Starting Bank: $2000, Current Bank $2549.39
(Team lists sourced from nrl.com.au)