1st August 2018
After dropping to 3rd on the back of one loss in 10 weeks, Souths got back on track with a great second half comeback. The sin bin had a huge impact to the game whne Parramatta scored 18 points while Hunt was missing and immediately after just before half time. But Souths were able to overcome that setback and put in a very disaplined performance in the second halfto come home strong once possession turned. Now for a huge 2 v 1 match which will go a long way in deciding the minor premiership. We still need 2 more wins for a Top 4 finish.
Reynolds Rabbitohs 2nd Highest Point Scorer
Adam stepped out for his 150th game last week and moved into outright second place on the first grade premiership point scorers list. Adam has developed a curve kicking style rather than his original gun barrel straight style. It will now depend upon how many more years he plays on how close he will get to the great Eric Simms.
U20s season ends
Another loss and the Bears Flegg U20's team is now out of contention for the finals. It has been a disappointing season to a team that had so much promise after last years U20s surge towads the finals.
The girls looked rusty after a finals bye but were able to lead for most of the game before a contiversial sin bin ended hopes of a finals berth. During that period Mounties were able to get back and equal the score and when a refree gave them a penalty in front of the post with less than a minute to go was a heartbreaking way to lose. Now the gils need to pick themselves up fo the preliminary final.
W-NRL Lack of Respect to W-NSWRL Semi-Finalists
This week has seen a unbeleavable event occur in the middile of th W-NSWRL finals. 5 of Rabbitohs girls were forced by their new W-NRL club to attend training while in the middle of a major finals campaign. And on the day before the finals they were performing beep tests and medicals. It can only be a disruption being paraded around in other team colours in front of cameras etc 3 days out from a critical finals match. The W-NRL should have respected players in the finals and allowed them to complete their commitments. They have demoted to W-NSWRL into a reserve grade status on the eve of the finals.
Round 20 - Stat Attack
Statistically a gameof two halves. First half we only had 33% possession. Completion improved to 84% from 73% last week. Errors improved to 9 from 12 last week. We gave away 10 penalties up from 6 last week. Souths Effective 1st tackle dropped but still in a average level of 32.4m from 31.6m last week. A horrid first half of 49.7m to a outstanding second half of 18.3m. Our missed tackles improved to a good level of 26 missed tackles from 39 last week. Opposition offloads dropped to 5 from 9 last week.
Looking at our left side defence - Jennings-Hunt/Doueihi-Walker-Sutton (1-3-6-2) was dropped to 12 from 8 missed tackles last week. On the right side Graham-Gagai-Reynolds-Crichton (1-3-2-2) was improved to 8 from 15 missed tackles last week. Ruck defence TBurgess/Tatola-Cook-GBurgess/Clark-SBurgess/Murray (1-0-1-3) was was improved to 5 from 16 missed tackles last week.
Our go forward dropped to 1436m from 1600m last week. Clark, Jennings and Doueihi made 10+m per run. Sutton, Cook, Sam Burgess, Tom Burgess, George Burgess, Jennings and Campbell making 100+m in the match. Defensively Cook was our best in the tackling raking up 49 tackles. Cook, George Burgess, Murray, Tatola and Doueihi didn't miss a tackle.
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