The South Sydney Rabbitohs are now entering their fourth NRL season since taking out the Premiership, a feat accomplished when English prop Sam Burgess played the entire 80 minutes of the Grand Final with a fractured cheekbone, rightfully earning the Clive Churchill Medal as the man of the match.
Fast forward to 2018 and Burgess is here and ready to lead the Bunnies to success, and with another year of 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 2018 with an overhauled roster and a new coach, but that hunger is well and truly there and it all begins on Saturday, March 10, when they host the New Zealand Warriors in Perth. Both sides are coming off a disappointing 2017 season, but each side has recruited well. The Rabbitohs made a statement in their win against the Dragons in the Charity Shield, and for the Bunnies it will be the first official NRL game back for Greg Inglis after rupturing his ACL early last year.
Another match that Bunnies fans will eagerly anticipate is their clash against the West Tigers at ANZ Stadium. It will be one more fascinating match during which 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 16 clash with the N. Qld Cowboys, who narrowly made the finals last season, and upset the Sydney Roosters on their way to the Grand Final, which just adds more intrigue for the match-up, in a season that promises to be filled with much of it.
Rabbitohs 2018 Live TV (Sydney time)
Fri Sept 21: Storm vs Sharks at 7.40pm (Nine/Fox)
Sat Sept 22: Roosters vs Rabbitohs 7.40pm (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
If you enjoy Rugby League action then Fox League is the channel for you, televising all NRL teams and every round Live and in HD with no ad-breaks during play before the grand final, including the contests not available on Free to Air TV and 24/7 news, scores and replay coverage.
So you may wish to review the Foxtel Now Free live TV trial, which will telecast every NRL Premiership match (grand final excluded) live online*, as well as offering Live Rabbitohs streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app. So grab a trial and watch the Rabbitohs and the rest of the 2018 NRL online here in the new season.
Rabbitohs Players to Watch
The standout has to be Greg Inglis. He did his ACL last year in the early rounds and that saw him miss 2017 for the Bunnies, along with Queensland and then Australia for the World Cup. But the good thing about that is that he will play 2018 with his body being as fresh as it has been for a number of years and he’s done a near full pre-season, the first time he has done that since his days with the Melbourne Storm. It was a short cameo in the recent NRL Charity Shield match but it was a good one.
Think there is enormous pressure on Robbie Farah in 2018. He was punted from the NSW Origin side last year and this year, he may struggle for the number one hooking spot for the Bunnies as rising star Damien Cook has impressed in the preseason, and was a real standout in both the game against Hull as well as the Charity Shield against the Dragons. Has the furious pace of the NRL finally caught up with Farah, who has been in the game for nearly 15 years. This season will be make or break for the 2005 Premiership winner.
In terms of big name recruits for 2018 for South Sydney, it’s all about Dane Gagai, who really took his game to another level in 2017. He was an absolute star for the Newcastle Knights in the NRL but it was really on the rep stage, largely for Queensland, that saw his star shine. He was one of the best for the Maroons in the Origin Series and that saw him get a start for the Kangaroos in the World Cup campaign. If he can carry that form into 2018, he will prove a very worthy buy for the Bunnies.
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.