Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs 5/29/20 NRL Rugby Pick, Odds, Prediction
South Sydney Rabbitohs (1-1) v Sydney Roosters (0-2)
Friday May 29th 2020, 19:50 AEST (Sydney) 5:50 AM EST
NRL Rugby League - Line Roosters -6/Rabbitohs +6
The South Sydney Rabbitohs face the Sydney Roosters in Friday NRL action as two Foundation teams do battle.
The reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters look to avoid an 0-3 start to their campaign while the Rabbitohs look to find some consistency for a full 80 mins. Both teams are stacked with representative calibre players however, both have not lived up to the heavy preseason expectations placed upon them. None more so than makeshift custodian Latrell Mitchell who transferred from the Roosters to the Rabbitohs in the off-season. Mitchell has completed just 9 tackles while missing 5 as well as managing just 2 tackle breaks offensively.
The bones of this Roosters team that have won the last two consecutive premierships is relatively intact however the offseason losses of Latrell Mitchell and star halfback Cooper Crooker seem to be taking a toll offensively. In their last game out against Manly they struggled to complete the fundamentals, very uncharacteristic of the team we have seen lead from the front over the past two seasons. Roosters missed 28 tackles and committed 15 errors, making it hard to build any pressure.
From a statistical standpoint, the Rabbitohs were lucky to lose their game in round two vs the Broncos by such a narrow margin. They completed 71% of their possessions against 88% for the Broncos, allowed 10 offloads and 4 line breaks while missing 29 tackles which let the Brisbane second phase game dictate the game. Rabbitohs also lack impact from the interchange bench with no one holding genuine utility value.
All things said and done I cannot see the Roosters opening the season 0-3. I think this game will see the Roosters pack behind veteran rake Jake Friend really muscle up in the middle and provide some momentum for the outside backs in James Tedesco, Joesph Manu and Brett Morris to play off.