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Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
When: Sunday October 5 – 9.20am (BST)
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It all comes down to this.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will play in their first NRL grand final since their 1971 premiership win and will face 2012 runners-up Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
It’s been an incredible season for the Rabbitohs which has seen them win eight of its last ten matches, including a sensational 32-22 victory over last year’s premiers Sydney Roosters.
The Bulldogs reached the grand final after finishing the regular season in seventh.
Des Hasler’s side won just five of its last ten games, but have recent grand final experience and there’s no doubt they’ll be backing themselves to grind out a result here.
Both sides will be missing their first choice hookers, with Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis ruled out with a fractured foot, while Issac Luke won’t feature after being suspended for a spear tackle on Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams.
Ennis’ leadership will be sorely missed, while Luke’s creativeness is a key reason why the Rabbitohs made it all the way to the grand final.
South Sydney are the clear bookies favourite here, but you simply cannot rule the hardworking Bulldogs out.
It promises to be a cracker, so make sure you tune in!
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS: Greg Inglis, Alex Johnston, Dylan Walker, Kirisome Auva’a, Lote Tuqiri, Luke Keary, Adam Reynolds, George Burgess, Dave Tyrrell, Ben Te’o, John Sutton (c), Sam Burgess.
Interchange: Jason Clark, Kyle Turner, Chris McQueen, Thomas Burgess, Ben Lowe, Luke Burgess, Bryson Goodwin (three to be omitted).
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS: Sam Perrett, Corey Thompson, Josh Morris, Tim Lafai, Mitch Brown, Josh Reynolds, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (c), James Graham, Josh Jackson, Tony Williams, Greg Eastwood.
Interchange: Tim Browne, Dale Finucane, David Klemmer, Frank Pritchard, Moses Mbye, Reni Maitua (two to be omitted).