Now that’s what I call a qualifying final win! What an exciting, action packed, 60 minutes of football. With a tirade of tries from all over the park we were on cloud nine. Then… we shut shop. Which clearly and rightfully annoyed Maguire, but to me I was quietly happy that we finished the game with our feet planted firmly on the ground.
If we look back on our last three years of finals, it was our most dominant performance by far. We didn’t let Manly in the game until we had it in the bag, and even though we let them in for some easy points towards the end, our players know that in our next match a 60 minute game is no option. The week off is a blessing, and while we study our opponents we will be ready.
That game against Manly ranks as one of the greatest wins in memory during my lifetime. Yep at 29 years old, that’s the best I have known. But the job is far from over. The team that has the chance to end it all is one of two great opponents.
One is our greatest rival, the other team is the only team we have been beaten by twice this year. Which would I prefer to play? It doesn’t matter! I’m confident that the week off will do us good, and that we’ll be ready for whatever, or whoever, comes our way.
While our boys have a rest and fine tune all their plays, I would advise that all Rabbitohs fans rest themselves too. Rest your voices, prep your colours and get ready for one hell of a game. Prepare yourselves for a Burgess bash, a Sutton sweep and a Reynolds revolution. And keep your eye out for Inglis to ignite, Luke to lash out and Tuqiri to teach a lesson, because it’s our time!
Bring it on! Up the Mighty Rabbitohs!