29th March 2023
8 Grades do it for Satts
It was a very emotional day for everyone. From Erskineville Oval to Redfern Oval to Stadium Australia. All Souths teams put in as we came away with a 8 grade win the first ever time we have won that many grades on the same day. In the NRL game it was tough, with Souths being the own worst enemy just before halftime as we once again gave the opposition points late the half off errors. But in true fighting spirt we held our line in the second half in a great defensive display that allowed us to inch back into game and drawing level, before winning in golden point. It will be interesting to see how the team responds this week against a weaker Storm outfit, as they begin a rebuilding phase.
Ilias ices it in Golden Point
Lachlan Ilias was once again the hero after Latrell Mitchell missed his many recent fieldgoal attempts. Finally Souths gave their half a chance to kick a fieldgoal and he iced in his first attempt. This was his 4th fieldgoal across the grades after kicking 3 when he lead the Flegg to a premiership victory.Gagai strong game at the back
JAcob Gagi continues to do well when he play fullback. He had a very strong running game as he ran for 290m and helped steady the ship from the back, as the team held on for their first victory of the season.
A great comeback in the last 10 minutes allowed the SG Ball team to finally win their first game of the season and it was off the back of a double from Morshead-Fieldel out wide. Before Hering iced the win with a last minute fieldgoal.
Berryman causes havoc
Souths U17 boys are hanging in the race for a finals spot , and a lot of it is to do with the efforts of Tylan Berryman at five-eighth. He schemes around the left side and causes lots of opportunities, either for himself or others around him.
Women strong defence
It was a strong second half defensive effort that let the Womens team have another tight win. Its a pity the season is so short as we are seeing improvements every week.
8 Game Logistics
One thing that became obvious in the last few weeks when the Lisa Fiaola Cup season kicked off was how should a 8 game home weekend be scheduled. We have NRL, NSW Cup, Flegg(U21) senior fixtures. Then SG Ball(U19) and Matts (U17) junior fixtures. With Womens W-NSWRL, Tarsha Gale Cup(W-U19) and Lisa Fiaola Cup(W-U17) fixture. Plus we saw a U16 boys development clash. We tried to play games across three venues which became a logistical nightmare for fans. While you want to play the three womens games together also. Playing 3 games at the main stadium solves a lot of issues, but if only 2 can be played, then its better to seperate out the mens and womes with U17, U19 and U21 fixtures playing together with a U16 development game at one venue. While the W-U17, W-U19 and W-NSWRL fixtures should be played at the second venue eg Heffron.
Bunnies TV - Weekly Segment
The boys recap the weekend
Round 4 - Stat Attack
Statistically it was a average game. Completions improved to 75% from 62% last week. Errors improved to 11 from 15 last week. We gave away 7 penalties and 3 6-again calls from 5 last week. Souths Effective 1st tackle improved to a average level of 34.6m from 36.5m last week. After a very poor first half of 45.5m. Our missed tackles dropped to a average level of 31 from 28 last week. Opposition offloads dropped to 13 from 9 last week.
Looking at our left side defence - Johnston-Tass-Walker-Host/Cartwright/Lovett (1-2-6-3) was dropped to 12 from 9 missed tackles last week. On the right side Thompson-Graham-Ilias-CheeKam/Cartwright (0-5-2-3) was dropped to 10 from 5 missed tackles last week. Ruck defence Koloamatangi-DCook-Burgess/Suluka-Fifita/Moale-Murray (1-2-6-1) improved to 10 from 12 missed tackles last week.
Our go forward improved to 1732m from 1652m last week. Koloamatangi, L.Mitchell and Johnston made 10+m per run. Koloamatangi, Burgess, Murray, Tass, L.Mitchell, Graham and Johnston made 100+m in the match. With Tass making 200+m for the match. Defensively Murray were our best in the tackling raking up 57 tackles. Host, Thompson and L.Mitchell didn't miss a tackle.
Rd02 Penrith Penr L 10-16 Rd03 Syd Rstrs SFS2 L 18-20 Rd04 Manly StAu W 13-12
Rd02 Canterbury MRST L 12-26 Rd03 Gold Coast Robi L 34-38 Rd04 Wests-Tig MRSt W 24-12
2020 Rd04 MRSt L 8-22 0 G.Sutton : 2020 Rd17 StAu L 16-22 4,734 A.Klien 2021 Rd01 MRSt L 18-26 11,812 G.Atkins 2021 Rd09 StAu L 0-50 7,501 G.Atkins 2022 Rd02 MRSt L 14-15 13,269 G.Sutton 2022 Rd19 StAu W 24-12 11,217 T.Smith
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