Two points from first, third on the table, and four wins on the trot – and with a depleted team (although you wouldn’t have known it). Beating the Tigers was such an important two points to us because as it stands there are four other teams on 18 points in addition to us.
It was a delight to see our young-guns score those tries against the Tigers, with doubles from Alex Johnston and Kyle Turner – bright stars for us with big futures. I especially loved Johnston’s runaway try! it was almost Forest Gump-like. No one was taking those four points away from him!
We have had a fair share of injuries which means we’ve had many different players fielded, but I don’t see anyone carrying the weight on their own. It’s almost as though Maguire has given them a hard copy of their position’s ‘job description’, and whoever takes the number knows his role to a tee. Don’t get me wrong, we were a little unsettled because of these injuries, but the last four weeks have been exceptional. You need strength all over the field in big games. We seem to be building on our strengths weekly, and building evenly across the field.
With this season’s ladder being so tight, it looks like we are heading into a pretty exciting period. Anyone can take this season, so our next four weeks have come at the right time, with two byes and the Cowboys and Melbourne in between. Admittedly not the easiest games, but if we can get our top players back on the field after a few weeks rest, then we will be in a good position to give our all in the back end of the season.
I remember the days when we would recalculate our chances of the top eight on a weekly basis. We would look at which teams would have to lose by how many points so we could perhaps sneak in and make the finals. We are not that team anymore – we have a solid, professional entity. We have a 6 and 7 with their heads on right. They are cool calm and collected and have pretty accurate kicking games. We have big men who have changed the game by adding agility to the front line. We have young backs who look like they have been in first grade for years, being guided by more experienced campaigners such as GI. We have a Kiwi hooker who controls a game and enjoys every minute he is on the field, and we have a coach who is driven and focused on bringing all that talent together.
Are you not driven by all that opportunity and ability? I cannot express the faith I have in these men with words. I am going to enjoy this bye and know that our men are refuelling and preparing themselves for what’s ahead. Things are about to heat up!
Up the mighty Rabbitohs!