7th Jul 2023
Great win over the ditch
It was pelting down in rain as the team came out of a few days of re-focusing camp, and refocus they did. The team defended with new purpose, and after a early on slaught in the first 20 minutes, they held out the in form Warriors, before hitting back with 2 tries. The second half was all Souths as they played classic wet weather football as they scored three more tries to dominate the second half. Still 4 more wins to qualify for the finals. Now for a final home game before 2 months on the road during the womens soccer world cup.
Munro Remarkable 5 debut tries in 5 grades
Tyrone Munro has had a metoric rise as a 18 year old. He played very well in the wet, like a pro. His catches in the wet were brilliant and a kick infield for a brilliant Taaffe try. But what is more remarkable is his debut record. He has scored a try on U17s(Matts) debut, then another debut try on U19s(SG Ball) debut last year. Now he followed this by another try on debut in U21s(Flegg), then a few weeks agao another try on reserve grade(NSW Cup) debut. Then finally to top it all off he was on the end of a Ilias kick to score a try in his first grade(NRL) debut. All of this for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Let show begin.Return of Matt French
This week we see a familiar name return to Souths reserve grade. Matt is a strong tackling second rower. I look forward to seeing him add to our second rower stocks, and progress as a late bloomer.
Ferguson and Fallon opportunities
U19 New South Wales representatives selections are in. Ethan Ferguson has been called up into the U19 New South Wales squad on the wing. While Kate Fallon has been called up into the womens's U19 New South Wales team after a strong Australian Championship. Congratulations to both players.
RLPA rejects latest proposal
The CBA is once again in tatters as the RLPA rejected the latest RLPA proposal stating that there are over 100 unreasonable changes, with a new player media blackout in place which has infuriated media broadcasters who are now into a major backlash. What we are seeing is a ongoing leadership battle with neither side backing down, which is going to hurt all stakeholders in the game and future broadcast negotiations. We have a arrived a time for compromise but with little detail of the RLPA concerns, this will continue to drag on and has the potential to move into a full players strike.
Round 18 - Stat Attack
Statistically it was a very poor game. Completions improved to 92% from 67% last week. Errors improved to 3 from 13 last week. We gave away 9 penalties and 2 6-again calls from 9 last week. Souths Effective 1st tackle was improved a average level of 31.4m from 41.5m last week. Our missed tackles improved to a average level of 28 from 41 last week. Opposition offloads improved to 3 from 4 last week.
Looking at our left side defence - Johnston-Kennar-Walker-CheeKam (0-2-4-3) improved to 9 from 10 last week. On the right side Munro-Milne-Ilias-Koloamatangi (0-1-3-2) was improved to 6 from 12 missed tackles last week. Ruck defence Tatola/HSele/SMitchell-Havili/DCook-Burgess/Moale/Havili-Murray/H.Sele (0-2-7-4) improved to 13 from 15 missed tackles last week.
Our go forward dropped to 1571m from 1777m last week. Tatola, Burgess, H.Sele and Havili made 10+m per run. H.Sele, Koloamatangi, Tatola, Murray, Milne and Kennar made 100+m in the match. Defensively Murray was our best in the tackling raking up 37 tackles. Tatola, H.Sele, Havili, S.Mitchell, Johnston, Munro and Taaffe didn't miss a tackle.
Rd16 BYE Rd17 Nth Qld StAu L 6-31 Rd18 Warriors MtSm W 28-6
Rd16 Cronulla Ende L 10-48 Rd17 BYE Rd18 Newcastle StAu L 0-66
2021 Rd04 StAu W 38-0 23,340 G.Atkins 2021 Rd18 Robi W 32-24 2,979 B.Cummins 2022 Rd06 StAu W 36-16 30,194 G.Sutton 2022 Rd18 StAu W 36-28 19,126 C.Butler 2023 Rd06 StAu W 50-16 35,211 G.Sutton
Selected NRL Round 19 teams
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