2024 - The Cyber View from the Hill

21st Feb 2024

Strong Charity Shield Finish

This year the Charity Shield doubled as a Pre-Season Challenge competition match once again. It was a tough openning first half against the new look Dragons outfit, as their new coach was working his new processes. We finally took control of the game in the final quarter, running three unanswered tries. This was their only trial game as the team now board a plane on Monday for San Diego with a stop over in Fiji.

Burns double

Braidon Burns made a welcome return to first grade, when he was called in to cover the concussed Kennar. He made the most of it by scoring two tries.

Herring double

U21s opening their trials on the weekend with the fringe players getting a opportunity to show their ability. While players like Jinks, McIntosh impressed, it was TJ Herring who finished the game with a double including finishing off a spectular try. Looking forward to a new bree stepping up into Flegg this year.

U19s open account

Its taken a few weeks but our U19s are starting to gell, and a sgood win against Manly will boast their confidence. Versitile Daniel Wright scored a double early in the game, finishing off set moves as they pushed out to a commanding 26-6 lead at one stage. Looking forward to more wins.

U17 Girls another good win

Our U17 girls had a dominate 6 tries to nil victory over Manly on the weekend, with Tahlya Dower scoring a double and Kirrawahn Duckett also scoring a double. Now to get a NRLW team as promised by the NRL for these girls to play in.

Vegas and WCC impacting Pre-Season Challenge quality

With 4 clubs heading to Vegas and Penrith off the England, has compromised the integrity of the Pre-Season Challenge compeition. The quality of games has dropped as park footballers are being called upon to fill games while large of players, both first grade and reserve grade are unavailable. You may need to play the first round of the pre-season a week earlier for the 4 Vegas teams.

Pre-Season Round 1 - Stat Attack

Statistically it was a good game. Completions were steady at 78% compared to 79% last year. Errors dropped to 11 from 10 last year. We gave away 6 penalties and 2 6-again calls from 6 last year. Souths Effective 1st tackle was improved to a good level of 28.7m from 32.9m last week. On the back of a outstanding second half of 19.8m. Our missed tackles improved to a average level of 31 from 33 last year. Opposition offloads were steady at 8 again this week.

Looking at our left side defence - Johnston/Te Hau-Kennar/Chee Kam-Hawkins-Koloamatangi/Fletcher (0-0-2-4) improved to 6 from 10 missed tackles last year. On the right side Milne/Burns-Tass/Milne-Ilias/Subloo-Arrow/Host (3-2-3-2) improved to 10 from 11 missed tackles last year. Ruck defence Tatola/Moale-Mamouzelos-Keppie/Burgess-Murray/Duncan (5-1-5-4) dropped to 15 from 11 missed tackles last year.

Our go forward improved to 2095m from 1621m last year. With our props made a very good 481m compared to 424m last year. Tatola, Mamouzelos, Kolomatangi, Host, Moale, Chee Kam, Fletcher and Burns made 10+m per run. Keppie, Murray, Tatola, Duncan, Moale, Mamouzelos, JGray and Burns made 100+m in the match. Defensively Mamouzelos was our best in the tackling raking up 48 tackles. Host, Chee Kam, Kennar, Gagai, Johnston, JGray and Te Hau didn't miss a tackle.

News This Week

South Sydney Member Co. 18th Annual General Meeting

Selected NRL Pre Season Challenge Round 2 & Junior Round 4 teams

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