All the action previewed ahead of a blockbuster Jersey Flegg Cup Grand Final between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canberra Raiders.
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canberra Raiders
Sunday 28 September
Match: Rabbitohs v Raiders
Grand Final -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Both the Canberra Raiders and the South Sydney Rabbitohs had to contend with nail-biting matches in the 2019 Jersey Flegg Cup finals series but they have fought their way through to the Grand Final in what promises to be an epic 4th vs 5th fixture.
The Cronulla Sharks, who finished as Minor Premier, fell extra-time victims to both Grand Final teams as they toppled out in straight sets, before the Raiders and Rabbitohs claimed another top four scalp each to qualify for the finale.
CAPTAIN'S CALL | Nick Mougios
The teams only met once this year, with the Rabbitohs winning 28-12. Both sides enter the final in good form, with the Rabbitohs winning their past four games, and the Raiders with five consecutive victories.
Canberra had a mixed start to the season, winning only three of their first six games, before a 56-4 thumping of Manly set the wheels in motion for four big wins in a row, kick-starting their season and setting up a top four finish.
CAPTAIN'S CALL | Toby Westcott and Darby Medlyn
The Rabbitohs began the season with two draws, before only losing one game until Round 12. One of those draws turned out to be the only difference between Souths and Canberra this year, as they missed out on a top four spot by just one point.
Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 James TautaiolefuaFullback for Raiders is number 1 Harley Smith-Shields
Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Kane AllanWinger for Raiders is number 2 Semi Valemei
Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Marc ZaurriniCentre for Raiders is number 3 Gideon Afemui
Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Jaxson PauloCentre for Raiders is number 4 Matthew Timoko
Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Nicholas MougiosWinger for Raiders is number 5 Manase Kaho
Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Lachlan IliasFive-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Joe Roberts
Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Blake TaaffeHalfback for Raiders is number 7 Tobias Westcott
Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Luke BainProp for Raiders is number 8 Tyson Hodge
Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Joshua CookHooker for Raiders is number 9 Kyle Paterson
Prop for Rabbitohs is number 17 Iizaya Ranga ItiProp for Raiders is number 10 Tom Robertson
2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Tallis Angianga2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Lachlan Lewis
2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Matthew French2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Kai O'Donnell
Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Joshua FepuleaiLock for Raiders is number 13 Darby Medlyn
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Peter MamouzelosInterchange for Raiders is number 15 Silafano TITIUTI
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Bradley ZampechInterchange for Raiders is number 16 Duwanye Mariner
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Luke PuruInterchange for Raiders is number 17 Jackson Stuart
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 18 Tevita TaumoepenuInterchange for Raiders is number 18 Lazarus Vaalepu
- Referee: Jake Sutherland
- Touch Judge: Tom Cambourn
- Touch Judge: Clayton Wills