In 2011 when Souths finally started their climb up the NRL ladder, he scored 8 tries in 8 days and was once again the leading try-scorer and again found himself in the Prime Ministers XIII. 2012 saw him and his Rabbitohs in the finals before receiving the Preston Campbell medal for his great performance in the Indigenous squad. Lets not forget his fabulous field goal against the Tigers at the SCG in 2009 that sealed victory and made the stands erupt, scoring him the Peter Frilingos Memorial Award, or his five tries against the Eels in 2011, eight hat tricks in his stunning career and his 148 tries since 02.
Nathan Merritts career has been a stand out in a struggling team, but in recent years has been a stand out in a shining team. However, out of all of his achievements, I have never been more proud of him than this week. State of Origin. The pinnacle of our great game.
Finally, he has been named. Game two, a tough slog at Suncorp, but a naming well deserved for such a solid defender, prolific try-scorer, and a player who knows where to be at the right time week in week out. He is South Sydney. I look forward to seeing what he can produce for the Blues and look forward to seeing who he can stop with his try-saving tackles.
Speaking of try-saving tackles, Greg Inglis taking cousin Albert Kelly over the line in the dying minutes of our Titans clash was a welcome sight. Another messy win, but pleasing to see the likes of Luke, Asotasi and Teo cross for some unusual tries for the Red and Green.
Issac Lukes reaction was brilliant when he crossed. He has really settled in to his role this year and even though he runs the play at his speed and can find a lazy defender with ease, he has been quiet with tries and tricks. His reactions and celebrations are always my favourites to watch. He bleeds for our club. He is the superglue of our team and I cannot imagine success without him at the helm.
Whos next? Parramatta at our home ground, and we will be right behind the boys. Parramatta will think we have weaknesses with George, Merritt, Inglis, McQueen and Teo missing. But the men backing them up, like Hunt, Farrell, Thomas, Peats and Keary are more than seasoned for the task.
Reynolds verse Sandow is always an interesting matchup, and Mannah the man-mountain is always a hard man to slow down.
Usually teams with so many players out for Origin would be worried, but we have been blessed with depth this season and know we will put on a show even with shuffled positions. Get on board Rabbitohs, the little engine who could is living the dream. Origin success, top of the table. Can it get any better? Stick around to find out. Its our time. Up the mighty Rabbitohs.