Match Highlights: Rabbitohs v Storm - Round 21, 2018
Whilst many think the South Sydney Rabbitohs drew the short straw after the weekend's results saw them locked in with a showdown with Melbourne in week 1 of the finals, however, we're not so sure that straw is as short as people may think.
Yes, there is no doubt the challenge ahead of the Rabbitohs is a big one, trying to stop a Melbourne Storm side hell-bent on becoming back-to-back Premiers.
On top of this the Rabbitohs head-to-head record against the Storm isn't the prettiest but if the recent result between the two teams is anything to go by, the Red and Green are no underdogs and they have the most recent blueprint to prove it.
It will still be in Souths' Members and supporters memories the inspirational victory in Round 21, where the Rabbitohs triumphed 30-20 at ANZ Stadium, sending out a competition statement in the process.
Despite a difficult start to the game, the Rabbitohs hung deep in the first half, heading to the sheds trailing 16-12 with outside back Hymel Hunt and Sam Burgess keeping the score close.
However, in the second half, it was the cardinal and myrtle show, as tries from young utility Adam Doueihi, hooker Damien Cook and fullback Alex Johnston blew the Storm over.
Doueihi helps Rabbitohs edge in front
It was arguably the most composed performance of the year from the Red and Green and one of the best victories over Melbourne since the famous 2003 41-14 smashing.
What was impressive was the way in which the Rabbitohs dismantle the Storm structure, especially in the second half.
In the second 40, the Rabbitohs muscled up in defence and battered the Storm back in an awesome display of physical toughness and football smarts.
Whilst anything can happen in finals footy, the Rabbitohs will take every bit of an advantage they can get over their opponents.
They know they can conquer anyone that's in front of them but they also know that they have to remain humble in the face of any foe.