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Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
The Sydney Roosters take on their city rivals, the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a huge match for both teams as they look to kick off the new NRL season with a massive statement and the great news for fans of both teams is that you can watch all of the actin live online via our NRL live streaming partners.
Matches between these 2 rivals rarely fail to live up to expectation but there is so much on the line for both teams despite this been the first match of the season, that it will likely be just as fascinating as it will be exciting.
The Roosters go into the season as the team to beat as not only are they the reigning and defending NRL champions but they are also the current World Club Champions after defeating Wigan.
This is the first match of Wayne Bennett’s tenure as head coach of South Sydney and what better way could there be for the England head coach to make a statement than to take on South’s biggest rivals and come away with the points.
The Roosters have played 1 game this season, winning the WCC at Wigan.
The Rabbitohs are yet to play in 2019.
Both Brett Morris and Angus Crichton are set to make their NRL debuts for the Roosters who welcome back Latrell Mitchell after he missed the WCC.
Greg Inglis is named in the centres for Souths, whilst Tevita Tatola replaces England’s George Burgess who is suspended. Sam burgess moves from loose forward to the 2nd row.
Matches between these 2 rivals are always difficult to predict and this one is set to be no different as not only is it a round 1 match up, it is to be played on a neutral ground with some issues surrounding the pitch.
With the margins set to be fine throughout, the fact that the Roosters have already played 1 competitive match could be to their benefit so we are going to back them for the win but it really is a toss of the coin.
Score Prediction Sydney Roosters by 4