Catch your breath, grab a drink and dig into the biggest talking points from our first forty here at Kogarah.
Points and Pride
So far it’s been Walker, Johnston and Mitchell who have scored for the Rabbitohs. See a pattern here? Well in the NRL’s official Indigenous Round it’s been our Indigenous players who have got the board and put us into the contest… And you can throw in Latrell’s two conversions for good measure too. Hold tight Gags, yours is coming.
Johnston picks off a Dufty pass
Walker steps his way through the Dragons
Mitchell try gets South Sydney level
Mr Fix It
For the second week straight, and in only his second NRL start, young forward Bayley Sironen has been forced out of his starting position into the second row to cover for an injured team mate. Last week it was a concussion to fullback Alex Johnston forcing ‘Sirro’ out into the centres, & within the first 10 minutes at Kogarah Rabbitohs halfback & captain was walking from the field - forcing the Rabbitohs mr fix it into the halves. Fortunately Bailey spent much of his junior football wearing the number 6 - & his versatility will provide an ongoing incentive for the coaches to include him in the 17.
Dive on the Ball
Twice in the opening 7 minutes the Dragons benefitted from two chances, Walker who had a kick charged down but failed to dive on the ball while Pereira streaked up field. It was déjà vu shorty afterwards when Reynolds failed to clean up a ricochet which would have resulted in a set reset for Souths inside the Dragons 20. Tariq Sims dislodged the ball as he dove Reyno, injuring the Skipper in the process while Norman ran away up field, momentarily tussling with Walker before finding Dufty in support to score the opening try. From all reports it’s a burner for Reynolds with the halfback being a chance of returning later in the match.
Left Edge Strike Zone for Red V
The Dragons have found success through their left edge with Matt Dufty proving to be the main offender. Dufty has been the main offender so far, backing up for the opening try from a Norman break, while also throwing a perfectly timed cut out ball for Aitken to power over the line. He doubled those efforts shorty afterwards when he threw another cut out pass fro Aitken to hit a hole then supported his centre to collect his second of the match. The one time the Dragons went right we saw AJ collect and intercept and run 85 metres to score. Expect the Red V to swing to left again in the second forty.