Fast forward to 2017 and Burgess is here and ready to lead the Bunnies to success off a disappointing 2016, and with the addition of NSW hooker Robbie Farah, they will prove hard to beat, and you won’t miss a minute of the Rabbitohs’ in action when watching on a standard or HD TV, or streaming matches live to a mobile device with a Free trial.
South Sydney Rabbitohs TV Preview
The Rabbitohs will enter 2017 with an overhauled roster, but their rivalries will remain the same, with none bigger than their matches against the Sydney Roosters. The arch enemies, and the oldest rivalry in the competition, will be first played in round four at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night, March 23. Both teams were really poor in 2016 off the back of lofty expectations, so expect both sides to come out firing on form let alone the huge history between the pair.
But the match that Bunnies fans will eagerly anticipate is their round ten clash against the West Tigers at ANZ Stadium. It will be the second time that Rabbitohs recruit and NSW hooker Robbie Farah will face his old side, a club which he was a part of in their lone premiership success in 2005 and was captain for a few years. The other game sure to be circled is the round 19 clash with the N. Qld Cowboys, who will be looking to climb to the top after a season in which they fell short. There is always a lot to play for in the early games, but this just adds more intrigue, in a season that promises to be filled with much of it.
Rabbitohs 2017 Live TV
Fri August 4: Dragons v Rabbitohs 6.00 pm (Fox)
Thu Aug 10: Rabbitohs v Bulldogs 7.50 pm (Nine/Fox)
Fri August 18: Rabbitohs v Warriors 6.00 pm (Fox)
Sat August 26: Storm v Rabbitohs 5.30 pm (Fox)
Fri Sept 1: Eels v Rabbitohs 7.50 pm (Nine/Fox)
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Per prior agreement the Rabbitohs on Free to Air TV will not be available for every round or in all locations.
Rabbitohs Live Streaming and a Free Trial
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Rabbitohs Players to Watch
Greg Inglis had an enormous Queensland State of Origin performance last season, and was a major factor in getting the Maroons the Shield. His form for the Rabbitohs prior to and following that had been hot and cold, with his knee causing trouble once again, but he seems quite fit from what we have seen during the NRL Auckland Nines and looks set to star for the Bunnies.
Adam Reynolds had a mixed bag in 2016 in the NRL. He secured the halfback spot for the NSW Origin side but didn’t quite get the job done for the Blues and that was the case for South Sydney as he was really inconsistent, and by far his worst season in his career to date. There will be pressure to hold his jersey for the Blues, so he will want to start 2017 with a bang.
The big watch for South Sydney fans will be Robbie Farah, recruited from the West Tigers. The Bunnies had to give up a fair bit in order to get Farah, most notably up and coming hooker Cameron McInnes, so it’s a big call from coach Michael Maguire to gamble on a hooker who is nearer the end of his career than the beginning. It does give the impression to the public that Maguire thinks that the side is still a premiership force. Only time will tell if his judgement call is spot on.
Dragons vs. Rabbitohs Preview
The Dragons and Rabbitohs will play out a blockbuster in Round 22 at the former traditional home of Rugby League, the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The Dragons should benefit by having State of Origin star Josh Dugan back to the team, with both sides looking to fire at this crucial point in the season.
Rabbitohs vs. Knights Preview
The Rabbitohs kick off the third round with a Saturday afternoon Football at the home field of the Newcastle Knights, in what shapes up on form as an easy two points in a game that’s exclusively on Fox League (Foxtel). But as we’ve seen recently, the Knights can throw the ball around and play some decent football when the pressure is off them. It’s a game the Bunnies should win, but given how even the depth is to the competition in 2017, nothing can guaranteed.
All matches shown as Sydney time, check the local listings for any updates or changes. Per prior agreement Free to Air TV channel 9 will not be showing the Rabbitohs’ live in every round.