How to watch South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm NRL live and match preview
Although wounded, the Storm will be no less ferocious as they face an in-form Rabbitohs.
This Rabbitohs vs Storm game will prove vital in more ways than one.
The Rabbitohs only pulled away late from cellar dwellers Bulldogs to win their last match.
The Storm faced a double whammy in their last game against the Raiders. Not only was there the ignominy of their third straight defeat, they lost fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen to a season-ending knee injury.
With the finals looming ever closer, both teams will look to not only secure their place in the top 8, but firm up a position inside the top 4.
When does Rabbitohs vs Storm kick-off?
The Rabbitohs vs Storm clash is on Saturday 23 July at Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park. Kick-off time is 7:35pm.
How to watch Rabbitohs vs Storm live
Both these teams have roughly half their games on free-to-air TV this year, but this round's Rabbitohs vs Storm requires a subscription to view. Your only way to watch is with a subscription to Kayo Sports, Foxtel or Foxtel Now, as it won't be available on the 9 Network. In fact, the next 2 games for both teams will only be available via a subscription, so no matter which team you support, now is a good time to get it.
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Rabbitohs vs Storm match preview
There's no denying the Storm are in a funk we haven't seen for a while, since 2015 in fact, which was when they last lost 3 games in a row. At 4th on the table, they haven't been this low since they were 5th back in round 3 (and that was only due to points differentials).
The Storm were unlucky against the Raiders, with a knock on and a forward pass denying them a couple of extra tries that would have easily delivered victory. But getting closer to the finals you don't want your form to be on a downward slide, especially as their run home will feature match-ups with strong finals contenders.
The Rabbitohs never really pulled away from the Bulldogs last match, but versus a superior side in the Storm they can't let them get that close otherwise they won't have a chance to overhaul them. Sitting 7th on the table, the Rabbitohs are in a precarious position. Lose 1 too many matches, and they could slip out of the top 8 and miss the finals. They'll never get a better chance versus a wounded Storm, so they'll need to take a win now as they stare down matches in the coming weeks against presumably finals-bound teams such as the Sharks, Eels, Panthers and Cowboys.
Lead by Latrell Mitchell's strong recent form, we think the Rabbitohs might just get up against the Storm.
Rabbitohs vs Storm team lists
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell, 2. Alex Johnston, 3. Jed Cartwright, 4. Isaiah Taas, 5. Jaxson Paulo, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Lachlan Ilias, 8. Tevita Tatola, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Mark Nicholls, 11. Keaon Koloamatangi, 12. Jai Arrow, 13. Cameron Murray, 14. Kodi Nikorima, 15. Davvy Moale, 16. Siliva Havili, 17. Thomas Burgess, 18. Daniel Suluka-Fifita, 19. Josh Mansour, 20. Richard Kennar, 21. Ben Lovett, 22. Blake Taaffe
Storm: 1. Nick Meaney, 2. Dean Ieremia, 3. Marion Seve, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Tyran Wishart, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenneath Bromwich, 13. Josh King, 14. Grant Anderson, 15. Tui Kamikamica, 16. Alec MacDonald, 17. Jordan Grant, 18. Chris Lewis, 19. Cooper Johns, 20. Young Tonumaipea, 21. Tom Eisenhuth, 22. Sualauvi Faalogo
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