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"We’re optimistic about their future" - Jason Demetriou

“We’re optimistic about their future…” Rabbitohs head coach Jason Demetriou. 

Ball control may have been the Rabbitohs own worst enemy but there were plenty of positive signs for Jason Demetriou as he led his next generation of NRL stars out in his first game at the helm. 

“There were some good signs but I think they got a lesson today on the importance of holding the ball.

“They learnt some valuable lessons but also showed some good touches and reasons why we’re optimistic about their future." Demetriou said.

Demetriou reflects on our first trial game

While both sides shared majority of the possession and completion rates a few individual performances got South Sydney’s quest for back-to-back finals footy off to an encouraging start. 

Josiah Karapani proved he could help fill the void of former Souths centre Dane Gagai as the New Zealand schoolboy topped the two sides with 157 run metres. 

“Karapani showed that he’s a player for our future so I wouldn’t mind getting him in with the senior boys next week.” 

Indigenous All Star Shaquai Mitchell made his mark with 111 metres in 10 runs while Davvy Moale alleviated some much needed pressure through the middle with 15 hit ups and 121 run metres. 

Peter Mamouzelos pushed his claim as back up hooker to Damien Cook after knocking down 27 tackles in the opening stanza, before he was forced off the field with a head knock. 

The Rabbitohs will look to keep their winning streak alive when they come up against the Dragons in the annual Charity Shield blockbuster in Mudgee next weekend. The Bunnies have been on the better side of the scoreboard in eight of their last nine meetings in the traditional clash. 

“We’ll get Lachlan Ilias and Blake Taaffe back next week, we’ll field a very different team but this week was all about giving our young blokes some exposure to some footy and I think we did that.

“I want everybody to get a lot of minutes and we need to get some continuity with our first grade team with only one main trial,” Demetriou added. 

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