We look at four burning questions facing the Rabbitohs ahead of their Round 10 clash against the Parramatta Eels.
1. What role will the week off have played?
With Representative Round putting a temporary pause on the NRL competition, the Rabbitohs bunkered down at Redfern last week, where the work has diligently continued leading into this Friday night’s clash against the Parramatta Eels. Both the likes of Paul Carter and Sam Burgess admitted to relishing in the opportunity to take a deep-dive into their sides’ game with the benefit of not having to play last week, and with representative players set to return to the structures this week, expect renewed enthusiasm.
2. Are rep games a confidence boost for players?
Kangaroos Coach, Mal Meninga, summed it up best when he proclaimed Greg Inglis ‘back to his best’ following Friday night’s Test Match against the Kiwis. The Rabbitohs skipper put in a brilliant performance that saw him rack up positive numbers as well as a four-pointer in the Test arena. But it wasn’t just Inglis who put his best foot forward, with all Rabbitohs representatives putting doing their teams proud during the weekend. A total of seven Rabbitohs players and three Bears plied their trade during rep-round.
3. Will the try-scoring momentum continue?
Aaron Gray grabbed himself an impressive four tries in his first ever top-flight representative match in yesterday’s City v Country clash – a sign of just how far the Souths Junior has come since making his debut during the 2015 season. In just 21 NRL games, Gray has scored 12 tries and been a consistent performer, prompting Sam Burgess to today (Monday) label the young-gun one of the Club’s best. With momentum behind him, could we see even more four-pointers come the way of Gray this Friday?
4. Will the new recruit be given a shot this week?
Brett Greinke joined the Rabbitoh ranks today (Monday). Greinke, 22, played in Sunday’s residents representative match for Queensland, has represented his state at under 18s level and will be aiming to make his first grade debut for South Sydney from the back-row having been recruited from the Brisbane Broncos. But will it be this week?