Finally we have evened up the win loss ratio and things are looking far better than they did a few weeks back. But what’s looking the best? Our defence!
To not miss a tackle (in the rain) for 65 minutes – fabulous even without the rain – was nothing short of phenomenal. What else impresses me is in our three wins, we have kept our opposition to one try or even less.
We seem to be getting back to what makes us strong and that is to not fret and not have to score. Instead, we hold out the opposition, frustrate them by making them give us all they’ve got, but get nowhere – that’s when the tries start to flow for us. Penrith seemed to have the ball forever and ever in the first half, making many a Souths fan worried. But looking back, we witnessed a marvellous effort by a team who gave everything they had.
It was a game that should be remembered for a long time to come with Nathan Merritt finally – and deservedly – becoming the one and only top try-scorer for the most successful team in the league, beating an 81 year old record in the process. That is one great feat!
So we have had some major achievements so far this season. But we have to keep getting the small things right. Hold onto the ball and not concede penalties.
We’ve had a swag of rookies start for us so far this year, with two of them – Kirisome Auva and Kyle Turner – scoring their first NRL tries against Penrith. Their confidence will be growing and our depth is now curing well.
It has hopefully cured enough to go into this week’s Good Friday clash against the Bulldogs, because we have five of them named in an extended squad. This is a big game, traditionally a solid crowd, a good rivalry and a tough slog. The Bulldogs would have some pretty loud fans, and we need to out-do them to help our boys to another win.
It will be hard to improve on so few missed tackles last week, but I am sure we can improve on possession and discipline. The Bulldogs are second, so we must be on our best behaviour. If we are, we can beat them. They have won two games by a point, flogged their opposition in their other two wins and lost by less than a try.
This is our weekend. While the Easter Bunny gets ready to deliver his eggs, our Easter Bunnies are getting ready to deliver another win. Let’s not shy away from what looks to be a fabulous clash. Make a day of it, go to The Show, eat some chocolate, go on some rides and bring that excitement into the crowd. Let’s show the Doggies what we are made of.
Up the Rabbitohs!!!
Kick-start your long weekend with the legendary EASTER SHOWDOWN as the South Sydney Rabbitohs battle it out against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Friday 18 April at 4:00pm. For all game day information, please click here.
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Heading to the Easter Show? Present your Easter Show ticket at an ANZ Stadium box office on Friday 18 April for a 30% discount* on General Admission tickets.