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Game day guide: Round 25 v Rabbitohs

The St George Illawarra Dragons will face the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday, September 4 (7:35pm). This is your Round 25 game day guide.

The last dance

After another tough season has been endured by Dragons fans with the club's season coming to a close this week. 

It's a disappointing end to a season that looked promising after a red-hot start which saw the Dragons win five of the first six games.

The joy ride slowed down to a bumpy canter but a win in our final outing of the year can at least ease some of the pain.  

Last year the Dragons were victorious in a similar situation against a Melbourne Storm side with most of their star players rested.

Building blocks in place

There's no doubt that there is light at the end of the tunnel in the shape of our young crop of players beginning to sparkle in the NRL. 

Talatau Amone, Tyrell Sloan, Jayden Sullivan and Mat Feagai all retained their starting roles for the Rabbitohs after impressive outings in recent weeks.

Sloan currently has a 100 per cent try-scoring rate bagging a try in each of his four NRL appearances and will look to keep that trend alive.

Unfortunately, Zac Lomax has suffered yet another thumb injury to contend with and will miss Saturday's match. Gerard Beale steps in, in his place. The only other change sees Poasa Faamausili replace Jackson Ford on the interchange.

Rested Rabbits

A new look Rabbitohs side will take the field on Saturday with Wayne Bennett deciding to rest a bunch of their star players.  

Adam Reynolds, Damien Cook, Dane Gagai and Alex Johnston are just some of the names who will take the week off with rookies stepping up to take their place.  

Blake Taaffe will play fullback for Latrell Mitchell (suspension) while rookie Lachlan Llias will partner veteran playmaker Benji Marshall in the halves.

The Rabbitohs also boast a new captain in Mark Nicholls and rookie Peter Mamouzelos will play just his third NRL game at hooker. See here for the full Rabbitohs team list.

Su'A sighting

While you're watching the game don't forget to watch 2022 recruit Jaydn Su'A closely. 

Su’A will don the Red V when the Rabbitohs' season concludes but will first come face-to-face with his new teammates on Saturday. 

Su'A has already played State of Origin for Queensland and is known for his big hits and tough running.

Last first

In our last match of the year the Dragons will play their first-ever match at Sunshine Coast Stadium. 

The stadium which has hosted 14 NRL matches (13 of which in the last two years), will be treated to a visit by the red-and-white as we take on our old rivals in cardinal and myrtle.

Acknowledgement of Country

St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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