2023 - The Cyber View from the Hill

26th Jul 2023

Out of the Top 8

Our first game on the road and we matched it with the high flying Broncos for 50 minutes, but then we lost the match in the space of 11 minutes when we let in 3 tries through some poor ruck defence. Playing a small mobile pack in this period backfired as the bigger Broncos pack dominated us as we scrambled to cover offloads and missed tackles. The result has seen us drop out of the Top 8, with still 4 more wins in a very tight finish for the final 8. Now off to Tamworth to play last placed Wests-Tigers.

Johnston outright 3rd

Alex Johnston continues to dominate the try scorers, with another try on the weekend. His 181st try, which means he has now moved into outright 3rd on the NRL premiership try scorers list. Well done again. Looking forward to plenty more tries in the weeks ahead.

Dean Hawkins dominates

"Footy Dean" as he is called, has clearly shaken off a injury that has hampered him last year, and is now playing as one of the most consistant reserve grade players, as he leads the team towards the finals. He scored a try, setup two tries and setup three line breaks. Add to this his classy kicky game and he is now goal kicking from all over the park. His organisation halfback skills are there for people to see.

Vailalo on the improve

Its taken a while but Isaiah Vailalo looks to have over come injury and is now part of the U21s starting pack. His power running will come in handy, as his fitness at this level is improving every week.

Country Venues too small

Its our first week on the road and we played against a heavy weight Broncos outfit. The match could have easily got 20,000 in Sydney or 30,000 in Brisbane. But instead we played at a sold out Sunshine Coast in front of 8,000 fans. While there is a need to take matches on the road, the NRL needs to be seriously playing at venues that have 10,000 plus capacity. We should be encouraging local councils to improve facilities, with 5,000 seated grandstands, with 4 changerooms and hills that can hold 7,500. That means the NRL leaves behind a legacy for the local community, and future State Cup competitions.

Round 21 - Stat Attack

Statistically it was a poor game. Completions dropped to 66% from 71% last week. Our second worst all season. Errors dropped to 15 from 12 last week. Our worst all season. We gave away 3 penalties and 5 6-again calls from 8 last week. Souths Effective 1st tackle was improved to a poor level of 37.7m from 40.5m last week. Our missed tackles improved to a very poor level of 35 from 40 last week. Opposition offloads improved to 11 from 17 last week.

Looking at our left side defence - Johnston-Tass-Walker-Arrow/Host (2-5-5-4) dropped to 16 from 13 last week. On the right side Milne-Graham-Ilias-Koloamatangi (1-1-1-1) was improved to 4 from 12 missed tackles last week. Ruck defence Burgess/Havili/Arrow-DCook/Havili-HSele/Moale/Duncan-Murray (3-3-2-2) improved to 10 from 15 missed tackles last week.

Our go forward dropped to 1412m from 1622m last week. Arrow, Graham and Johnston made 10+m per run. Arrow, Graham, Johnston, Milne and Tass made 100+m in the match. Defensively Murray was our best in the tackling raking up 48 tackles. H.Sele and Havili didn't miss a tackle.

News This Week

Knight Released
RLPA escalate CBA dispute to ACTU
Tatola 2025-28 Contract Extension
RLPA to cover NRL Logo in ongoing CBA dispute

Round 22 Preview

Recent 2023 Form - South Sydney (9th)

Rd19  Canterbury StAu L 32-36
Rd20  BYE
Rd21  Brisbane   SunS L 20-36

Recent 2023 Form - Wests-Tigers (17th)

Rd19  Cronulla   WSS  L 12-36
Rd20  Newcastle  NISC L 18-34
Rd21  St Geo-Ill Woll L 14-18

Recent South Sydney v Wests-Tigers Results

2021 Rd06  StAu W 18-14 16,134 G.Sutton (GP)
2021 Rd16  Leic W 38-22      0 G.Atkins
2022 Rd07  WSS  L 22-23 14,251 Z.Przeklasa-Adamski
2022 Rd12  StAu W 44-18 13,585 C.Sutton
2023 Rd11  StAu W 20-0  21,013 L.Kennedy

Selected NRL Round 22 teams

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