A Member's Perspective - Round Five, 2013

1971. Do you remember it?


I dont, I was born in '85. For those of you who also dont, or think its a bit hazy, we beat St George in the Grand Final 16-10 at the SCG in front of a crowd of 62,838.


It was also the last year we won four in a row at the start of a season.


42 years ago.


Believe it or not, we actually won six in a row at the start of that season, and thats our aim for this year.


In '71, round one we beat St George 26-20. Bob McCarthy scored two tries, and Eric Simms kicked four goals.


Round two we beat Balmain 28-11, Simms scored twice and kicked five goals.


Round three we beat Cronulla 16-15 and round four we smashed Wests 40-16.


This team had great names. Alongside McCarthy and Simms was Piggins, Coote, Sattler, Sait, Branighan and our coach was the one and only Clive Churchill.


But I dont want to live in the past. Yes they are GREAT names and they were GREAT players but its 2013.


In our first four rounds we have seen two hat tricks from Merritt, above Uate and Slater in the try scoring tally.


The number one goal kicker is Adam Reynolds, on 80% with his golden boot accuracy.


532 metres of running from Greg Inglis who is only behind NSW skipper Paul Gallen by 57 metres, but who is miles ahead of the field in tackle busts with 25.


And last but not least John Sutton, the best offloading five-eighth in the game.


These men, along with the brilliant team mates they have alongside them could just find themselves on that pedestal with the men from '71.


So back to the aim of six wins in a row. This excites me, because if we bring the Warriors back down from their win over Thurstons Cowboys, and Melbourne win again (as they most likely will) we go into round six with the opportunity to be the only unbeaten team this season.


I dont want to get too far ahead of myself, but I am very excited at the prospect. Better yet, it will be a mirror of '71, and a huge advantage for us in our march to the finals.


We beat the dogs in a grinding game, we still have things we can improve on, but we won with the view that we are only going to get better as the season goes on.


We beat the Barba press, and showed better defence than the week before. We also showed it doesnt matter how you throw us down, we are always going to get back up and give it our all.


So this week against the Warriors, in New Zealand, to every Member and fan who travels over to watch our boys, you represent 25,000 of us. I hope you pack your bag with a big voice box and a lot of colour.


The Warriors in New Zealand will be a challenge, they always are, but I reckon if we play like we did against the Bulldogs then we can dominate in this game. If we go out believing, confident and hungry, we can make the Roosters' performance against Parramatta look piddly.


The Warriors might be worried. It may be their ground, and they may have had their first win last week, but its our year.


My baby girl is still on 100% Red & Green wins in her lifetime, so let's keep this lucky charm rolling to the glory of '71.


We are at the top of the table for a reason, and there is no reason to give up the lead. There is no room on the plane home for a loss, but plenty of space for two more points.


Bring it on I say! Up the MIGHTY Rabbitohs!