NRL 2020 LIVE: Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium

'They'll make a statement tonight'

Eighth Immortal and Parramatta halves consultant Andrew Johns has made a bold statement about the Eels, which have had their title credentials questioned in the past month.

"I get the feeling they may make a statement tonight," Johns tells Nine.

I wonder if he is referring to halfback Mitchell Moses, who has been below his best in attack of late?

It's been a week about statements. Wayne Bennett has admitted South Sydney need to make one of their own before the finals. They haven't beaten a team in the top six all season, but get a chance tonight.

De Belin to learn trial fate

Outside of the Eels-Rabbitohs clash I’m fascinated by the Dragons and Titans match at Kogarah on Friday night. To be fair, that’s a sentence I never thought I would be saying.

But if there is to be a change to the top eight – and that’s a very big if – I reckon St George Illawarra is the only team that can topple the Sharks from the finals frame. They will need to beat the improving Gold Coast and then the struggling Cowboys next week and keep winning.

It’s not just a huge night for the Dragons on Friday, it’s a huge day too with Jack de Belin to learn whether he will stand trial over sexual assault charges. He has pleaded not guilty alongside co-accused Callan Sinclair.

Jack de Belin outside Wollongong District Court.Credit:Edwina Pickles

Bennett back in maroon?

What’s a week of rugby league news without Wayne Bennett somewhere in the picture. And the South Sydney coach has been touted as a potential State of Origin successor to Kevin Walters, should he take over the Broncos job from Anthony Seibold.

Typically, Bennett laughed it off during the week. But in a year where nothing is normal, who says the season won’t finish with the skinny coach in charge of Queensland again?

Wayne Bennett back as Queensland coach?Credit:Angela Wylie

Welcome to Thursday night football

Hello and welcome to another week of Thursday night football – and by far the match of the round.

A few teams will be running out at Winx-like odds this week, but this one certainly doesn’t fall into that category. Parramatta will host South Sydney at Bankwest Stadium in the only all-top eight clash of round 16.

Just how far the Rabbitohs have come after a four-game winning streak might be determined later tonight.

Will the 34-year title drought end for Parramatta?Credit:Getty Images

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