2024 - The Cyber View from the Hill

19th June 2024

3 in a Row

It was a tough game against last years grand finalists, but we came out of the block strong and took a 18 nil lead through some classy display. Our scrambling defence was a highlight out of the game, especially when we had to play with 12 men for 20 minutes. After our third win on a trot, we sit 5 points out of the 8 with another critical game this weekend against 8th place Manly. 10 more wins to make the finals.

AJ Greatest single club Try Scorer

All hail Alex Johnston "The Greatest One Club Try Scorer" in NSWRL/NRL history. It was a simple well worked try, with Latrell Mitchell landing the final pass, that saw Alex Johnston score out wide, to be what was his 191st first grade try. Well done Alex, a feat that will take some time for someone else to surpass.

Saldanha double

Jude Saldanha made a return to reserve grade on the week and scored a double of tries as he helped the team stay in the hut of a victory. Another player taking a bit longer to transition from U21s to reserve grade.

Le Blanc called into first grade

Its been tough year in 21s but a success has been Matt Le Blanc's return from injury. He came back in 21s. After a month he moved up into reserve grade and a month later he has been called up on the first grade bench. Good luck this weekend.

High Tackle Crackdown Backfires

On the weekend, we saw one of old referee crackdowns for a high tackle. Tackles that barely warranted a penalty, were now having players sent into the sin bin across multiple games over the weekend, with Richie Kennar our player. So as soon a teams learnt this was going on, we immediately started seeing players staying down when head contact being made. The nRL counter acted that by sending those players to a 15 min HIA assessment and clubs using this as a free interchange. Coaches are smarter than the referees and walways quickly adjust to these sort of situations.

Round 15 - Stat Attack

Statistically it was another good game this week. Completions dropped to 83% from 86% last week. Errors dropped to 9 from 8 last week. We gave away 2 penalties and 5 6-again calls from 5 last week. Souths Effective 1st tackle dropped to a average level of 30.2m from 25.4m last week. Our missed tackles dropped to a horrendous level of 52 from 43 last week, on the back of two sin bins. Opposition offloads improved to 10 from 15 last week.

Looking at our left side defence - Johnston/Milne-Milne/Cook-Wighton-Arrow (1-3-5-2) was steady at 11 again this week. On the right side Gagai-Kennar-Walker-CheeKam (4-9-4-7) dropped to 24 from 17 missed tackles last week. Our worst all season. Ruck defence Moale/Burgess-Cook/Mamouzelos-Keppie/Koloamatangi-Koloamatangi/Murray/Duncan (2-2-7-5) dropped to 16 from 12 missed tackles last week.

Our go forward dropped to 1874m from 2032m last week. With our props made a very good 497m compared to 558m last week. Burgess and L.Mitchell made 10+m per run. Koloamatangi, Burgess, CheeKam, Arrow, L.Mitchelll, Milne, Gagai, Wighton and Johnston made 100+m in the match. Defensively Cook was our best in the tackling raking up 41 tackles. Moale didn't miss a tackle.

News This Week

Murray and Latrell Mitchell New South Wales SOO II Selections

Round 16 Preview

Recent 2024 Form - South Sydney (14th)

Rd13  BYE
Rd14  Gold Coast Robi W 46-12
Rd15  Brisbane   StAu W 22-12

Recent 2024 Form - Manly (8th)

Rd13  BYE
Rd14  Penrith    Penr L 22-32
Rd15  St Geo-Ill Brok W 30-14

Recent South Sydney v Manly-Warringah Results

2021 Rd02  Brok W 26-12  3,218 G.Sutton
2021 mPF   LngS W 36-16 26,294 A.Klein
2022 Rd08  Gosf W 40-22 17,248 G.Atkins
2023 Rd04  StAu W 13-12 18,379 C.Sutton
2024 Rd01  LVgs L 24-36 40,746 A.Klein

Recent Referee Performance - Chris Butler

First Grade                                            Pe    6A   SB OR SO
2021 Rd20  St Geo-Ill LngS W 50-14      0 Referee      3-5   4-3   -  -  -
2022 Rd18  Canterbury StAu W 36-28 19,126 Referee      5-4   0-1   -  -  - 
2024 Rd12  Parramatta StAu W 42-26 15,202 Referee      7-5   1-2   1  2  - 

              M   W  D   L      : PeW PeD PeL PeF PeA      : 6AW 6AD 6AL 6AF 6AA      : SB OR SO
v Manly       1   -  -   1   0% :   1   -   -  11   6  65% :                          :  -  -  -

Selected Round 15 teams

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