18th July 2018
South Sydney continue to power along to make it 9 wins in a row. This week we had our three Origin stars backing up after 3 days, and once again the team did the job. The win has now cemeted our spot in the Top 8. So now we look to secure a Top 4 finish We still need one more wins to make the finals. Now for 3 more wins for a Top 4 finish.
Sutton 300th Game
What a achievement for our humble local junior John Sutton. He notches up the 300th premiership first grade match this weekend after playing his 300th all-time first grade game last week, being the first Rabbitoh to do so. It is a remarkable achievement in the clubs 110 year history and Rabbitohs fans all across the country are flying in to acknowledge his great acheivement.
Robert Jennings continues to score tries down our left edge. This week he scored his 3rd hatrick for the season taking his tally to 15 as the leading try scorer for the season across all clubs. Plenty more where those came from.
Girls Minor Premiers !
Another strong win by our girls as they secured their first ever minor premiership. Taleena Simon continues to be a try scoring freak with another hattrick taking her tally up to 22 tries for the season with Maddie Stuudon scoring her 50th goal and 112 points for the season.
Emerging Nations World Cup
One pleasing aspect of the new found groth in the international Rugby league game has been the return of the Emerging Nations Rugby League World Cup. This now gives nations who are developing to have a platform to play against similar standard nations across the world, in one location and learn skills and advice which they can then take back to the local nations to grow the game.
Round 19 - Stat Attack
Statistically another average game on the back of a long break across the Origin break. Completion rates dropped to 73% from 78% last week. Errors dropped to 13 from 10 last week. We gave away 7 penalties down from 8 last week. Souths Effective 1st tackle dropped but still in a average level of 32.5m from 31.7m last week. Our missed tackles dropped to a average level of 32 missed tackles from 30 last week. Opposition offloads dropped to 21 from 3 last week. Worst all year.
Looking at our left side defence - Jennings-Hunt-Walker-Sutton (1-1-3-2) was dropped to 7 from 2 missed tackles last week. On the right side Graham-Gagai-Reynolds-Crichton (1-2-4-1) was improved to 8 from 11 missed tackles last week. Ruck defence TBurgess/Tatola-Cook/Doueihi-GBurgess/Nicholls-SBurgess/Murray (4-3-2-7) was improved at 16 from 17 missed tackles last week.
Our go forward improved to 1930m from 1473m last week. Cook, Crichton, Tatola, George Burgess, Alex Johnston, Jennings and Gagai made 10+m per run. Sam Burgess, Crichton, Cook, Sutton, Murray, Jennings, Graham, Gagai, Alex Johnston, Walker and Reynolds making 100+m in the match. Defensively Cook was our best in the tackling raking up 46 tackles. Only Doueihi didn't miss a tackle.
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