Back In The Winners Circle

By Josh Kemp for Bunnies TV.

It’s been a while coming. Not only a win, but one where we could feel comfortable with 10 to go. 

It was this round only 12 months ago that saw the start of our season falling off a cliff. Things since then have gone from bad to worse. 

Finally we had something to cheer about. We were able to hear “Glory Glory” ringing through the Stadium at the end of the game. 

In The Burrow

In the Burrow we were signing “Is there a fire drill” with 10 to go as Parra fans started leaving in droves to being able to belt out “Take me home Botany Road” with 2 minutes to go. 

All smiles with Mavo in the Burrow.

What made this win more special was it being Indigenous round. No other club does Indigenous round like South Sydney. It is always a special week for the club, its players and also the fans. 

As the teams came up and lined up before the game the cameras panned to Latrell Mitchell. There was a look about him. Something that has been missing for a while. The look of someone who was totally focused and ready for a big game. 

An Attitude Shift

It didn’t stop with just Latrell. There was an attitude shift with the whole team. It’s like the announcement during the week of Wayne Bennett did something to them all. 

Latrell had the look of someone who was totally focused and ready for a big game. 

If there were a loose ball if one of our players weren’t diving on it they were there competing for it. Our forwards were winning the battle. Our kicking game was on as was our kick chase. 

There was no better evidence of this than the kick and chase by Jack Wighton. Not only did he get the ball to sit up in the in goal, he made a beautiful tackle to stop the Eels fullback getting past his try line.

Effort Areas

These are the effort areas that have been lacking so far this year. They are the type of plays that can be the difference between winning and losing. 

For once it was a strong start by us. Even though we lost Cody Walker in the lead up the likes of Wighton and Latrell took control. 

Tries to Jai Arrow, Keaon Koloamatangi, Dion Teaupa and Alex Johnston saw us race to a 22-0 lead. 

Dion Teaupa scored his first NRL try against the Eels. (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Whilst Dion crossed for his first try in the NRL, AJ crossed for his 190th becoming equal 2nd of all time. More to that AJ equalled the record for most tries for a single club. 

The Eels Cut The Lead

Unfortunately like so often the last 12 months we started to drop off the last 10 minutes of the half. Back to back Eels tries as well as a sin bin to Latrell saw our 22 point lead cut to just 10 points. 

Another slow start to the second half saw us concede points early in the second half. Another trend over the last few weeks that cost us in the end. 

Match highlights.

It wasn’t looking great when we lost both Jack Wighton and Jai Arrow for HIAs. Unfortunately Jack failed but Jai passed. 

Unlike previous weeks we were able to turn it around. You could just feel there was something different tonight. As soon as Latrell came back on the team lifted and we were back on top and in control of the game. 

A winners selfie in The Burrow.

The Boys Made It Work

Despite the backline being thrown into disarray the boys made it work. AJ at fullback, Cookie in the centres and Latrell playing 5/8. 

It didn’t take long for Cookie in the centres to make his mark. A nice little kick for Sean Keppie to get his first try in Rabbitohs colours. Then Damien scored one of his own off a Latrell kick. 

Montana, Stevie and Britney with Taane Milne.

Latrell was terrorising the Eels back three with his high bombs all night. We did get to see a glimpse of this the previous week as well. The last one the poor fullback had no hope. This time Keaon was there to clean up for his second and putting us beyond 40. 

The Eels did get a late conciliation try, but the damage was done. 

The Eels went close to scoring again, but Dion Teaupa was there to clean up. Again it just showed the difference in attitude. A few weeks ago we saw how poor our attitude was by conceding such an embarrassing try against the Panthers. 

Eric Simms Medal

Keaon was a deserved winner of the Eric Simms medal. That was the type of form that saw him picked for Origin last season. 

Nathan Merritt presented Keaon with the Eric Simms medal. (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Sean Keppie had his best game in our colours. 

The likes of Latrell, Arrow, Wighton and Cook all had strong games. 

The bad was we still conceded 5 tries. An area we really do need to be better at. 

I also felt we lacked something in attack despite scoring 7 tries. If you go through the tries we only scored one off a backline movement. Even that wasn’t as good as we have shown we can be.

Enjoy The Wins

Whilst we are still well off where we should be, we need to enjoy the wins. Hopefully this is the confidence they need to build.

Now we have the bye and also no players selected for Origin. Then up to the Gold Coast for what has become an extra home game for us over the years with the support we get up there. 

Back In The Winners Circle.

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