Here is all you need to know about the South Sydney Rabbitohs' revised 2020 Telstra Premiership draw.
Teams they play twice
Broncos, Storm, Wests Tigers, Bulldogs, Roosters.
Teams they play once
Sharks, Titans, Warriors, Panthers, Knights, Raiders, Dragons, Cowboys, Sea Eagles, Eels.
Thursday - 5 games, Friday - 8, Saturday - 6, Sunday - 1
A mouth-watering clash against old rivals the Roosters gets things back underway, with star signing Latrell Mitchell up against his former club. A trip to Melbourne the following week makes for a massive one-two punch before things ease back a touch with the Titans and Warriors at Bankwest.
Five key match-ups
Roosters (Round 3, Bankwest Stadium; Round 20, Venue TBC): You knew this one would be on the list. Souths were the only team to beat the Roosters twice in 2019 but will be stinging to have lost the most important one in the opening week of the finals, just a week after an impressive upset round-25 win. A look back at clashes between these foundation clubs over the past decade tosses up some of the most remarkable club games and close finishes you could want to see. Ask any player from either club and this is the one they most want to win. It starts on the first weekend back and finishes in the final round of the regular season.
Bulldogs (Round 9, Bankwest Stadium; Round 19, Venue TBC): We were in shutdown over Easter which meant the traditional Good Friday clash between these two old rivals was put on ice but expect plenty of feeling when the hostilities are belatedly resumed in round nine. Both meetings last year finished with an identical 14-6 scoreline with Souths claiming first blood before the fast-finishing Bulldogs extracted revenge.
The best are coming back
Raiders (Round 11, Venue TBC): The battle of Britain produced two high-quality contests in 2019 with Souths winning 16-12 in round 10 in Canberra and the Raiders returning the favour 16-10 in the grand final qualifier to end Souths' season. Tom Burgess is the last man flying the English flag in the Souths change room with a large cohort of his Test teammates lining up in lime green these days.
Broncos (Round 13, Venue TBC): They just faced off in round two, with Anthony Seibold claiming a win over Wayne Bennett for the first time with each coaching against the former clubs, but there is still one more edition of rugby league's latest grudge match on offer in 2020. The lasting memory from Souths' epic 22-20 win in round 23 last year was long-time Broncos coach Bennett strutting into the Bunnies sheds after the game and high-fiving every player. Don't expect the animosity to have eased over the shutdown.
Manly (Round 15, Venue TBC): Three meetings in 2019, every one as physical and spiteful as the last. Manly were the only side to beat Souths in the opening 11 rounds (13-12 in round 4) but Souths got their revenge in round 17 in another one-point thriller. Souths looked shot in their semi-final meeting before a Jake Trbojevic sin bin effectively ended Manly's season. Get set for another ding-dong battle in their only regular-season meeting in round 15.
It's game on
Round 14-18. Doubles against both the Storm and Roosters hand Souths one of the tougher draws of 2020 but mercifully the tougher games are fairly well separated. The trickiest patch comes late with the Brisbane grudge match followed by a probable trip to Townsville into games against hard hitters Manly, Parramatta and Melbourne.
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