We can breathe again. We beat the Dragons! Not only was Sutton at five-eighth a breath of fresh air, but I enjoyed Sam at 13 rather than in the front-row where he could use his agility toward the end of the six rather than hitting the ball up straight at the front-end.
It was the little things that we got right in this game that separated us from the past three weeks. Less loose ball, fewer penalties conceded and simply fewer mistakes. When we get the small things right we are formidable, and when our big guys are doing their job, we are dangerous – Saturday proved it.
Seeing Clarky and Luke Burgess score in the first half was a delight. Clarky wears the Red and Green with utmost respect and I long for him to grow with us and become a great. Luke has crossed the line so many times this year but been denied, so seeing him get the four points was brilliant. Better yet, when one Burgess scores, another usually follows – which Sam did. One can’t let the other take too much glory after all, so the more Burgess’ that cross the line the better!
It wouldn’t be a Rabbitoh win without ‘Goanna Greg’ crossing though. That man is spectacular! He has such a level head when he plays. He knows when to step up, and when to lay low. His passion grows stronger weekly for us, and his desire to succeed is transparent. His escape from the in-goal was gold, but the try he scored really impressed. Any opposition having Sutton and Inglis charging at them would be in major strife.
Our Rookies have been solid, so if we can back up this win with another against Penrith, then our building of depth with Koroisau, McInnes and Picker will be invaluable when Keary, Luke and Thomas return.
This week is very important. The ladder is all over the place right now and teams you wouldn’t expect up top are there, while teams you would think should be up there are not. We have plenty of promise and a great chance to swing our way back up there.
So other than bringing home the two points, there is one other thing I am hanging to see achieved – Nathan Merritt to score a try. We have been waiting so long. This is the week he himself passes Bob McCarthy’s long standing most-capped Rabbitoh record that Sutto took out last week, so I hope deep down that he can have something massive to celebrate while doing so.
Don’t miss it Rabbitohs! We had our rough patch. The Panthers are doing well for themselves, so this will be an interesting, entertaining game. Bring your colours and bring your voice.
Up the Mighty Rabbitohs!