Seven Tackle Set - 7 talking points from R11
After a dramatic victory over the North Queensland Cowboys, there were plenty of moments to cherish for South Sydney Rabbitohs Members and supporters.
Here are the seven biggest talking points from our incredible last-minute win:
1. What a win!
Plenty will argue that this match was one of, if not our best wins in Townsville. With a two-man bench for most of the match and trailing by a point in the final few minutes, things were looking dire for the Cardinal and Myrtle.
However, it seems like the side's well-documented tactical periodisation training has truly come to fruition. Souths turned defence into attack by re-gathering a dropout and making their way downfield in the final minute, winning the match with a penalty goal to seal the deal by a point.
You don't get many better than that!
2. George back on the board
It's been a long time between drinks for George Burgess when it comes to try-scoring, but his effort on Saturday night is indicative of how well he and his fellow forwards are performing.
After a strong run to the line by brother Tom followed by a quick play the ball and a swift pass from Damien Cook, Burgess barged over for his first try since Round 2, 2015.
Here's hoping there are plenty more to come in 2018.
3. Cook Carves Up
It's no wonder that so many are touting Cook to be New South Wales' new no. 9, and his performance against the Cowboys only further boosted his chances.
Cook finished the match with 85 metres, 46 tackles and five tackle breaks, along with a line break and a try assist.
But, it was his try in the second half that did the most justice, carving up the middle of the Cowboys' defence and touching down for his third try of the season at a crucial point of the match.
4. Another Fast Start
Despite only winning by a solitary point, it's pleasing to see the team once again getting on the scoreboard early after another fast start.
It was the seventh time this season the Rabbitohs have scored within the first ten minutes, and the third week in a row where we've touched down within the first five.
5. Losing Streak Broken
After losing the last four matches against the Cowboys, the victory certainly got the monkey off our backs.
Since 2007, our record against North Queensland has gone back and forth. The Rabbitohs won eight of nine, and then won just one of nine, before our incredible last-minute win on Saturday. That was our eighth win at the venue in 18 matches.
6. A Fairly Even Contest
Besides the scoreline, it was a fairly even contest all-round when it comes to statistics.
Both sides scored two tries and kicked two conversions, while the Cowboys ran 146 times to our 139, made 1225 metres to our 1191 and the penalty count was 10 to nine.
The most important stat, however, was that the Rabbitohs got the two competition points.
7. This Team Is Tenacious
Anthony Seibold has inherited a side with plenty of mettle. With Alex Johnston and Sam Burgess off the field for most of the match, and Cody Walker sin-binned early on, the side very well could have dropped their bundle and called it quits.
With the Cowboys up by a point with five minutes left, they truly came into their own and never panicked. A big shout out needs to go to Adam Doueihi, who filled in the not-so-familiar position centres, and the forward pack for battling the Townsville heat with only two replacements.
The famous victory now puts the team inside the top four, setting up a mouth-watering clash with the New Zealand Warriors this weekend.