Beau Scott of the Dragons looks on during the round 20 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on July 21, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.
Beau Scott of the Dragons looks on during the round 20 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on July 21, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Mark Nolan / Getty Images

Doggies looking good in lead up to round 12 Dragons clash

TONIGHT

 

Bulldogs V Dragons

  • History: Played 24, Bulldogs 14, Dragons 10
  • Last met: Bulldogs 28-20, round 15, 2012

Even the added loss of Josh Reynolds to the Blues camp does little to lengthen the odds of the Bulldogs in this, despite a poor record against the Dragons at this ground - they have lost three of their past four.

Reynolds and Josh Morris will certainly be missed, but the absence of Trent Merrin and Brett Morris is just as significant for the Dragons.

Back to near full strength, in good form and just a sniff away from the top eight, the Bulldogs should be far too good.

 

TOMORROW

 

Rabbitohs V Knights

  • History: Played 34, Knights 25, Rabbitohs 9
  • Last met: Rabbitohs 18-6, round 26, 2012

The Rabbitohs turned up half-hearted on Monday night and received their comeuppance, so expect a more disciplined effort tonight.

The suspension of Sam Burgess, added to the loss of Inglis, Te'o, McQueen and Sutton to Origin, will stretch their resources but will also give some fringe players a shot at the big time.

The erratic form of the Knights is further compounded by the loss of Boyd, Uate and Gidley, and the fact they have lost five of their past six away games. It has to be the Rabbitohs.

 

SUNDAY

 

Titans V Cowboys

  • History: Played 11, Titans 6, Cowboys 5
  • Last met: Titans 28-12, round 13, 2012

They may be sitting just two points out of the top eight, but the Cowboys are seemingly an age away from being the premiership contender they looked pre-season.

Playing without flair and enthusiasm, the loss of their Origin quartet plus Matt Bowen and Gavin Cooper for this showdown with the Titans is massive.

But maybe new blood can right the ship.

The Titans were outstanding against the Eels last weekend and although their big three - Myles, Bird and Harrison - are out, they will field a more than formidable line-up.

 

MONDAY

 

Broncos V Warriors

  • History: Played 31, Broncos 19, Warriors 12
  • Last met: Broncos 10-8, round 19, 2012

This is one of the prime examples why Origin time is totally unfair.

The Broncos have four of their best players missing, the Warriors none. Nine Kiwi internationals will suit up for the Warriors and, strangely, the only two current Broncos Test players are also Kiwis.

But while on paper the Warriors look red-hot favourites, stats are against them.

They have lost on their past nine visits to Australia and have won just one of their past six at Suncorp.

Pivotal to this result is how the young Broncos pack contains the massive Warriors.


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