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If only!

What a pity Billy Slater didnt let the end of Saturdays game be played without a professional foul. I would have loved to see if Merritt was able to pull off the try and give us a chance to do to Melbourne what we did to the Roosters last season.

I had the argument many times after the game saying we deserved more than Billy just being binned, but if it was the other way around I would have wanted Inglis to do the same.

However, I still feel ripped off and I don't believe that you can describe Melbourne's win as convincing.

I believe our boys really stepped up for this game, try saving tackles from Sam, spectacular 40/20-defusing plays from Inglis, charges up field by George and solidarity in the defensive line after challenging kicks from Reynolds.

If we hadnt have made a few silly errors that Melbourne were able to capitalise on, I reckon we would have beaten the premiers.

So, once again, I am not convinced, and can see our next match up against the Storm will be a nerve-wracking experience for Melbourne.

I am now looking forward to holding this form and crossing the Spit Bridge on the 26th to see us take on Manly.

If the media folk are asked who they think the powerhouse teams are this season, Melbourne and Manly are the teams named. If we can come out at the end of next week beating Manly and going down to Melbourne with help from a professional foul, then our name will certainly be in the ring.

But we have a week off so I am not ready to dwell too much on the clash against Manly.

Instead I am excited to congratulate Inglis, Luke, Reynolds, Merritt and Peats for their selections in the Australia, New Zealand and City teams.

I remember in the few years after we were reinstated we werent even close to having rep players in any of these teams, and now we have the toughest player in Inglis for Australia, the smartest (and best Haka-performing) New Zealander, and the slickest try scorer for city next to the play maker who I believe will see a Blues jersey one day.

We have two games that we will have our eyes secured on to see these men succeed and stand out for their representative jerseys. I wish them all their best possible performances and look forward to seeing them fit for the Manly clash.

Not only did we put up a powerful fight against Melbourne on the weekend, but we were given the opportunity to meet our favourite players at the Member Appreciation Day.

I went along with my partner Matt and our beautiful bub Grace and was lucky enough to introduce her to my favourite player Chris McQueen, along with Inglis, Teo and the best Coach in town, Michael Maguire.

Many happy faces and dreams coming true were witnessed on Sunday at Redfern. Our players were wonderful sports. Many of the boys playing footy with the kids on the field, signing hundreds of autographs and giving everyone sore cheek muscles after an abundance of smiley photos.

It was a wonderful day that was enjoyed by an army of Red and Green fans.

What a start to the season. Five wins from six games, a real show against the Premiers and meeting the players who are the reason behind the passion we have for the mighty Rabbitohs.

These men are an absolute delight to watch this season. They are here for the Rabbit over their heart on their Red and Green jersey, they understand what their Members and fans mean to them and they give everything they have got for their team on and off the field.

I truly believe their positivity will snowball and their success will grow with it. The men behind the scenes who have worked so professionally to build this team have created such a community that I am extremely glad to be a part of as a Member.

With all of us looking toward the one prize I am heartened to know that number 21 is going to be closer than we think. Our team is still building and if we are this good now, I cant wait to feel my unchained passion spill out when we hit our pinnacle.

Bring it on I say!

Up the MIGHTY Rabbitohs!
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