2023 - The Cyber View from the Hill

14th Jun 2023

Backup Troops Struggling

Another poor defensive effort cost us another win, as our backup troops struggle with the step up into NRL. Defence has a been a issue across the grades and has worked its way into the top level with the team averaging 33 points against in the last 4 games. We again showing our attacking ability as we almost stole a draw in the dying seconds. Still 5 more wins to qualify for the finals. Our first bye this weekend as the boys earn a well earned rest.

Captain Cook

With the late withdrawal of Cody Walker and with Murray and Latrell Mitchell also injured it was time for a new captain the step in. Enter our seasoned campainer Damien Cook. He capatained team in the last 9s competition and last week was his first occassion in the full 80 minute game at the Rabbitohs.

Munro steps up

Put a circle around the name Tyrone Munro as a name for the future. This week he stepped up into Reserve Grade and immediately his speed was evident as he sensationaly ran down the sideline and was able to setup a try at pace. It wont be long before he gets a NRL opportunity, now he is over his colarbone injury.

Macey steps up

U21s continue to have a few new players entering the team. This week it was Aaron Macey who came into the centres after stepping up from SG Ball U19s. He scored a try in his senior debut. He has a opportunity to make the position his own over the coming weeks.

Rep weekends needs to return

While the competition entered two weekends of "split rounds", it is obvious that we need to see a return of the rep weekend. The great work in developing the international fixtures of Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, PNG etc have been undone this year. While State of Origin may need to remain as a midweek fixture. I would recommend Tuesday nights. We should use the main weekend for regional represetaive fixtures, with games scheduled like -

  • Sat - Oceania Cup Round - Samoa v Cook Is
  • Sat - Oceania Cup Round - Fiji v PNG
  • Sat - Oceania Cup Round - NZ v Tonga
  • Sun - Womens SOO

    Round 15 - Stat Attack

    Statistically it was a poor game. Completions dropped to 78% from 80% last week. Errors improved to 8 from 9 last week. We gave away 7 penalties and 1 6-again calls from 4 last week. Souths Effective 1st tackle was dropped poor level of 34.1m from 27.2m last week. Our missed tackles dropped to a very poor level of 37 from 22 last week. Opposition offloads dropped to 12 from 4 last week.

    Looking at our left side defence - Johnston-Tass-Hawkins-Host/Koloamatangi (1-4-3-3) dropped to 11 from 9 last week. On the right side Kennar-Graham-Ilias-CheeKam (2-4-1-5) dropped to 12 from 4 missed tackles last week. Ruck defence Tatola/SMitchell-DCook-HSele/SulukaFifita-Koloamatangi/Havili (4-4-1-4) dropped to 13 from 7 missed tackles last week.

    Our go forward dropped to 1461m from 1780m last week. H.Sele, Chee Kam, D.Cook, Graham, Johnston, Tass and Ilias made 10+m per run. H.Sele, Chee Kam, D.Cook, Tatola, Koloamatangi, Graham and Taaffe made 100+m in the match. Defensively D.Cook was our best in the tackling raking up 51 tackles. Suluka-Fifita and Taaffe didn't miss a tackle.

    News This Week

    RLPA rejects NRL erosion of CBA Settlement
    Mitchell, Cook, Murray and Koloamatangi New South Wales SOO II Selections
    Mitchell withdraws from New South Wales SOO II

    Selected NRL Round 16 teams

    Signing off for another week - the midweek Cyber View from the Hill


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