Hello everybody and welcome to live coverage of the Bunnies v the Eels from ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Kick-off in this third v fourth-placed clash is 5.30pm.
Both these sides will be desperate to bounce back after chastening defeats last Sunday. Souths were embarrassed by a rampant Penrith in Dubbo, while Parramatta slipped at home to a resurgent Manly.
The Rabbitohs desperately need to tighten up in defence if they are to take advantage of their thrilling play with ball in hand. Wayne Bennet’s side have conceded the most points of any side in the top six, and over 50 twice in three rounds.
“After the game he did not say one word,” hooker Damien Cook told The Big Sports Breakfast about Bennett’s reaction. “Normally he will at least say a couple but by the time we got in the sheds he wasn’t even there. He had gone to the press conference and we were just told to get in the showers and get out of there. That was probably the worst thing you can get from a coach.”
For the Eels, a 9-2 start to the season shows there’s no cause for panic, but Brad Arthur would have been concerned at how his side’s right edge was targeted, and exposed, by the Sea Eagles. “They got some joy there,” Arthur said afterwards. “We’ve got to have a look at that and just make sure we’re working together as a team.”