2024 - The Cyber View from the Hill

10th Apr 2024

Another week another 30 point loss

It is so sad to see how a team only 12 months ago was leading the competition has fallen so far. Defence continues to be our achilles heal, as we let in another 30 points on the back of a poor ruck defense in the period just before and after half time. The frustration is very evident in a number of players. The lack of effort at times, either from fatigue or attitude from some players is evident when a break is made, and needs to be addressed. Now for the Top 4 Sharks at home, who are coming off a bye, before we head into a week off ourselves.

Jye Gray opportunity

In a week of doom and gloom, one shinning light was the promotion of Jye Gray to first grade to replace suspended Latrell MItchell. Jye Gray has been playing very well in reserve grade, as a fast dynamic playmaker. While I had him cementing a spot in U21s this year, he has proven me wrong in how well he has handled the step up to reserve grade. He now gets his chance at the top level.

Ilias terrible luck

What terrible luck for Lachie. In the last minute of the game he suffered a broken leg from a chargedown gone wrong. He will now be out for a extended period. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Humphries opportunity

Matthew Humphries on the back of 3 tries in the U19s gets his first opportunity in the senior grade this week. Good luck to both for a long career, he has been a standout in the SG Ball squad this year.

Coaching Fiasco

What a disaster on and off the field this week has been. The media has been in a frenzy around coaching speculation as a supposed D-Day is about to arrive in the coaching career of James Demetriou. Demetriou took over the reigns of defensive coaching role after the departure of his assistants late last year and little has changed. We are seeing a lot of noise continuing to grow with each poor performance. It won't be long before something will have to change, be it experianced players or the rookie coach.

Round 5 - Stat Attack

Statistically it was another very poor game. Completions dropped to 60% from 94% last week. Errors dropped to 16 from 5 last week. Our worst all year. We gave away 6 penalties and 1 6-again calls from 14 last week. Souths Effective 1st tackle was dropped to a very poor level of 40.3m from 38.6m last week. Our missed tackles dropped to a average level of 30 from 29 last week. Opposition offloads improved to 5 from 8 last week.

Looking at our left side defence - Thompson-Wighton-Walker-Host (1-0-4-3) improved to 8 from 10 missed tackles last week. On the right side Milne-Tass-Hawkins-Koloamatangi/CheeKam (0-0-4-4) was steady at 8 again this week. Ruck defence Tatola/Koloamatangi-Cook/Mamouzelos-Burgess/Keppie-Murray/Duncan (2-2-4-3) improved to 11 from 12 missed tackles last week.

Our go forward improved to 1570m from 1564m last week. With our props made a poor 354m compared to 331m last week. Koloamatangi, Tatola, Burgess, Duncan and Thompson made 10+m per run. Milne, Koloamtangi, Tatola, Thompson and Wighton made 100+m in the match. Milne made 200+m for the match. Defensively Cook was our best in the tackling raking up 45 tackles. Wighton, Tass and Milne didn't miss a tackle.

News This Week

Jye Gray 2025-26 Contract Extension

Round 6 Preview

Recent 2024 Form - South Sydney (17th)

Rd03  Syd Rstrs  SFS2 L  6-48
Rd04  Canterbury StAu W 20-16
Rd05  Warriors   StAu L  4-34

Recent 2024 Form - Cronulla-Sutherland (4th)

Rd03  Wests-Tig  Leic L  6-32
Rd04  Caberra    Ende W 36-22
Rd05  Bye

Recent South Sydney v Cronulla-Sutherland Results

2021 Rd10  LngS W 32-22 45,155 C.Sutton
2022 Rd20  Ende L 20-21 11,492 G.Sutton
2022 MSF   SFS2 W 38-12 39,733 G.Atkins
2023 Rd01  Ende W 27-18 12,757 T.Smith
2023 Rd23  Prth L 16-26 45,814 T.Smith

Selected Round 6 teams

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