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Talk about a tug of war! Newcastle blasted out of the blocks putting on a show of confidence. Thinking we would have weaknesses over the field missing four of our stars, they scored two early tries, but it was not to be for the Novocastrians. Our man of the moment, the man who was pipped at the post for a Blues jersey stood up, super Johnny Sutton. Taking on the line like he does best and crossing over 13 minutes before half time to give our boys the spur we needed. This sparked our big boys to charge up field which saw Nathan Merritt pass to Beau Champion to even up the scores just before half time. It was pleasing to go in to half time even, better yet though to come out and win the second half.

The almighty George Burgess charged 20 metres, knocked off five defenders and increased the gap between his number of tries to brother Sams. Not long after Issac Luke shot through to give Ben Lowe the chance to give rookie Dylan Walker another try to celebrate. Newcastle kept the tug-of-war alive with another try but once Reynolds kicked a massive 45 metre field goal, it was another two points to our table.

In this game, Ben Lowe filled in McQueens jumper and set up a beautiful try. Dave Tyrrell took Sams jumper and made 25 solid tackles, missing only one, and Merritt took Inglis number one with no missed tackles and 13 runs. Can you say depth?

Seeing us shuffle our team and beat Bennetts Knights is very, very reassuring. The only downer of the game was poor Beau Champions injury. He has been playing wonderfully back in his home colours and it is a pity to see him sidelined for a few weeks.

I am writing this a few hours before Origin, so I am looking forward to seeing how our fellas go playing for QLD. I hope they play a great game and come home safely. Safe enough to play next weekend when we take on the Titans that is. Thankfully we have a bye next week so we can rest up, train hard and put our game face back on to stay at the top of the table. This is a great time to extend our lead over Melbourne and the Roosters as they have key players out for Origin. Hopefully with our depth, we can soar ahead. Oh wouldnt it be nice?!

Before I sign out for the week, I would like to pay tribute to a man who takes the field each week, but never touches the ball. Charlie/Reggie Rabbit.

I have known Charlie for a long time now and to hear of his loss was tragic. However, I would like to give a positive spin on this tough time for him. To see a man with so much passion for a team that was down and out for so long is heartening. He would follow the team everywhere during the tough times. When I was deflated in my chair he was up and at them. His enthusiasm and gusto is unmatched. Week in week out he is fired up and giving his all. Many children follow Souths because of him, and he has warmed many hearts, young and old for a long, long time. Rarely do you see a player these days don the same colours for their whole career, but you can guarantee that Charlie will fill his uniform for as long as his feet are firmly on the ground. I am proud to know him, and every time I see him I can say with honesty he makes me smile. A man who has given that gift to many people, not just myself. I wish him and his family all the strength to get past this tough time, and I look forward to seeing him for years to come entertain the folk in the Red and Green. He is a true Rabbitoh and a true gentleman.

Enjoy the break fellow Rabbitohs, because when we come back, its game on. 2013, the year of the Rabbitoh! Up the Mighty Rabbitohs.

Jamie Lee
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