Our team without our Origin stars really stepped up against Parramatta. Watching the boys who had recently been representing the Bears bring their camaraderie to the Rabbits was a delight. Farrell and Hunt showed pure enthusiasm, put their bodies on the line and used every chance they could find to bring the two points to our tally. It showed that not only our top 17 men are keen, but everyone from our under 20s to the Bears (our feeder club) are hungry.
Having so many of our front men out against Parramatta, seeing our young guys keep the Eels down their end of the field in the second half gave me such confidence. We no longer give other teams an easy run. We tire them, not just physically but mentally.
This is something I believe the Storm will be wary of. For so long they were the only team who could do that, but now we have learnt how to control our opposition and keep them at bay. I simply love watching how Maguire has molded these men into a powerhouse.
This week we have a short turnaround and a danger game. Canberra have beaten the number two and three teams on the table, Melbourne and the Roosters. They are eighth, can pack a punch when asked of them and they dont need to be at home to do it. However, our big names will be back from battle and they will not want to let the good work that was paved for them last week go to waste. They will want to continue the motion.
On a personal note, I hope that Ben Teo, Chris McQueen, and Greg Inglis come home from Suncorp safely and Nathan Merritt comes back with an abundance of tries and packs a punch in defence.
Slotting back in to their jerseys, they will have an appetite for the win. Also having Thomas Burgess dust off his nerves and have another swing will be a bonus. Lets hope sooner rather than later we have four Burgess boys charging up field in the Red and Green together.
So strap yourselves in again Rabbitohs. The Raiders are looking to keep themselves in the eight, and they can topple over some big names. Bring your voices and bring your pride, because 2013 is looking more and more like THE YEAR OF THE RABITTOH! Up the Mighty Rabbitohs.