A Members Perspective – Rd 12, 2014

This season has shown glimpses of brilliance – like missing only five tackles against Penrith in round six, and seeing Merritt score the most tries ever for Souths. But to keep the Sharks scoreless while three of our big guns were out was the most brilliant of all, especially given that it was the first time we’d kept a team scoreless since 1999!

So why are we only seventh? It’s frustrating isn’t it?

We have lost games that we just shouldn’t have! We are far better than seventh! We have rep players coming out of our ears, and are coming off the back of a fabulous 2013 season, but it feels like we just have not hit our straps yet. I hope that we are hiding something because this is the half way mark of the year and I feel it’s time to step it up.

The Dragons, Warriors and Tigers are competitive and these are must win games. It’s almost as though there are no excuses. Every week our opposition know what we are made of, and some of them have read us well. We need to possess the game, come out faster, smarter and hungrier. We have the concept of an 80 minute game and now we need to own the field.

We’re now in a fight. I’ve seen a lot in my time as a Rabbitoh. I went to the game the night the Pasha Bulka was wrecked due to cyclonic weather, I’ve been to Canberra in the sub-zero temperatures of winter, I have flown to Townsville, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and even New Zealand. I’ve seen losses I would prefer to forget, and wins that have been imprinted into my memory. I’ve been to Suncorp, Brookvale, Leichhardt, and the SCG and I’ve witnessed rookies score hat-tricks, and wingers kick field-goals in golden point.

Do you know what though? I wouldn’t change a thing. Why? Because I’m stronger knowing I have been to and seen those good, bad and ugly times, and the rewards will be even sweeter when they come.

St George Illawarra lost their coach, and traditionally a team who loses a coach wins the next week. But we can’t let a superstition affect us. We are back to only two wins behind first place so a win can place us nicely on the table.

A home game in a big stadium at the beginning of winter – let’s get some good numbers not only to will the boys over the line, but to keep each other warm!

I can feel something swelling within our ranks. I still think 2014 is our year.  Do you? The more faith we have the more likely we can help our boy’s soldier on. Two wins from the top... the game is well and truly on! Up the MIGHTY Rabbitohs!

Jamie-Lee