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Rabbitohs set to top Premiership, Storm need experience to deliver

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The South Sydney Rabbitohs are sure-fire favourites in the sports betting odds to be the first to book their place in the Premiership Finals Series after a resounding 32-2 victory over Canberra last weekend cemented their standing at the top of the ladder.

The Round 16 clash, which saw the Rabbitohs dominate the field, failed to deliver the equal contest many sports betting fans wanted to see as South Sydney ran riot with the ball and held their defensive line with ease. Greg Inglis orchestrated the victory from his boot and continued the fine form that saw Queensland nail New South Wales in the State of Origin second round last Wednesday.

Inglis was the real threat and although much had been made in the build-up about the Raiders' need to close him down few got close to the 26-year-old.

He is destined to have a say in who lifts the Premiership title this season and with the Storm a second successive match at the weekend it will be interesting to see who can push bet365 odds-on favourites South Sydney in the Finals.

Certainly Melbourne have the quality to recover from this two-game blip but Saturday's meek 22-4 defeat at Western Tigers was bitterly disappointing to witness. Craig Bellamy's men showed as little guile and nous to play their usual flowing game as Canberra did and the Storm deserved their thumping.

Their weak line did for Melbourne once more as Tim Simona twice scored from deep when the gaps opened, while Benji Marshall should not have been given so much room to touch down a fourth following a loose Tigers offload.

With nine rounds of rugby remaining there's no reason why the Storm cannot revere their fortunes but this ship is starting to take on water and Bellamy needs his experienced men to step up and drag his team to some points. As for the Rabbitohs, it looks as though no one will catch them and although the gap over Roosters is just four points few NRL betting punters would back against a South Sydney ladder-topping finish.