How to watch South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Parramatta Eels NRL live and match preview
Both the Rabbitohs and Eels are looking to bounce back from demoralising losses in this mouth-watering NRL clash.
The Rabbitohs are battling to live up to the pre-season hype of being genuine premiership contenders. They've now been smashed by Penrith and Melbourne by over 50 points this year. The Eels are also coming off a heavy defeat at the hands of Manly.
If the Eels can triumph here, they face a favourable run over the next three weeks against lowly sides the Knights, Wests Tigers and Bulldogs. Banking two points on Saturday will be crucial for either side with the draining representative season about to begin.
Rabbitohs vs Eels start time
The Rabbitohs will host this Stadium Australia match on Saturday 29 May from 5:30pm AEST. Check out the NRL draw here.
How to watch Souths vs Parramatta live and free
There is no free-to-air coverage of the Bunnies and the Eels across the country. You need a subscription service and have three options: Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Of that trio Kayo offers the best value and a way to get Fox Sports without Foxtel.
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The Rabbitohs' next two fixtures are exclusive to Fox Footy. You won't catch the Bunnies on free-to-air until 17 June. Including this match, the Eels still have three games left this season that are exclusive to Fox Footy. So fans of both clubs will want to consider signing up to Kayo to ensure you get access to every game live.
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Rabbitohs vs Eels match preview
The Rabbitohs were dreadful in their 56-12 capitulation to the Panthers last week in Dubbo. But the good news is NSW Origin backrower Cameron Murray returns from an ankle injury. Jacob Host (quad) has also been named to start, with Liam Knight and Jaydn Su'A axed from the top 17. Taane Milne comes in for Josh Mansour (concussion) on the wing.
Hopefully for Eels fans, last week's bitter defeat to Manly was a blip on the radar. In a huge blow for Parra, prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard will be sidelined after accepting an early plea on a high tackle charge. Marata Niukore joins the bench in his comeback game from a two-week suspension.
This match is likely to be a preview of the battle between the State of Origin hookers. Damien Cook should be picked for the Blues and Eels rake Reed Mahoney could make his debut for the Maroons, with Harry Grant injured.
Cook is still a dangerous player but his form is well down on previous seasons, with some questioning whether he should be in the Blues squad. We expect this match to be close but we're tipping the Eels, who have shown far more defensive resolve in recent weeks than the fickle Rabbitohs.
Rabbitohs vs Eels team lists
Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Jai Arrow 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jacob Host 13. Cameron Murray 14. Benji Marshall 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Hame Sele 17. Thomas Burgess 19. Jaydn Su'A 21. Braidon Burns
Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jakob Arthur 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Oregon Kaufusi 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Isaiah Papali'i 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Marata Niukore 15. Shaun Lane 16. Joey Lussick 17. Bryce Cartwright 19. Makahesi Makatoa 20. Will Penisini
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