The South Sydney Rabbitohs will continue their Nines campaign today against current Pool Red leaders, the Penrith Panthers at 1.00pm AEDT.
The Rabbitohs enjoyed mixed success in day one of the tournament – opening their account in impressive fashion against the Dragons with a 23-4 victory. But a fast=finishing Storm outfit sent the red and greens crashing back to earth 18-12.
The match shapes looms as an important one for the Rabbitohs, with victory all but assuring the side of a Quarter Finals berth depending on the result of the Storm vs Dragons match.
Despite the game 15 loss to the Storm, the Rabbitohs packed enough of a punch to have commentators and fans alike praising their shape and structure against the Dragons – Fox Sports’ Brett Kimmorley dubbing them the most structured team of the day.
Much of this structure and x-factor came courtesy of electric halves Luke Keary and John Sutton, who set the competition alight – Keary with his willingness to attack, and Sutton with his pin-point kicking that lead to three tries. Dylan Walker was also a stand-out with his electric speed and vision to consistently find gaps.
Key to Victory
If the side is to reclaim the sort of form that defeated the Dragons, they will first have to regain their composure. While an element of scrappiness appears to come with the territory in the Nines, Souths were made to pay a heavy price for their mistakes in the game against the Storm.
Alleviate the mistakes, and the Rabbitohs could be moving into the next stage of the tournament. Tune in to Fox Sports 1 at 1.pm to catch all the action.