2024 - The Cyber View from the Hill

26th June 2024

4 in a Row

It was the first shutout against Manly in 75 years, as the Rabbitohs defence turned full circle since early in the season. Our scrambling defence was a highlight again this week, as our defence has gone from letting in 30 points a game to now averaging 12.5 per game in the last 4 weeks. A huge turn around. The win has helped to be now 4 points out of the Top 8. 9 more wins to make the finals, as we head into a well earned final rest.

Gray opens his account

Jye Gray had a successfull return from injury on the weekend, filling in Mitchell and being a threat every time he touched the ball. His deceptive acceleration saw him open his NRL try scoring campaign with a try out wide. Looking forward to many more of these. We will watch will interest how he will be used once Mitchell returns from representative duties.

Bentley-Hape double

Bentley-Hape has been playing well in his positional switch from centre to fullback. Fullback looks to be his best position going forward, as he chimed in to score two tries.

Salandha double again

Jude Saldanha was on the end of another two tries on the weekend as he now looks settled into his reserve grade role on the wing. He has now scored 4 tries in two games. He looking pretty good thus far.

On the Road SOO Success

Taking the 3rd State of Origin game on the road to Perth, Adelaide and back to Melbourne has been a success in helping grow rugby league across the southern states. Another large 90,000 crowd flocked to see the game in Melbourne, showing us that this event will work in expanding the reach of the game. To support this event it will important to start timing the Affiliate state SOO series to line up with these games, with games between Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory needing to planned as curtain raises. Onwards and upwards.

Round 16 - Stat Attack

Statistically it was very good game this week. Completions dropped to 82% from 83% last week. We have averaged over 80% for the last 4 weeks. Errors increased to 13 from 9 last week. We gave away 3 penalties and 3 6-again calls from 7 last week. Souths Effective 1st tackle improved to a good level of 29.3m from 30.2m last week. Our missed tackles improved to a very good level of 22 from 52 last week. Opposition offloads improved to 7 from 10 last week.

Looking at our left side defence - Johnston-Milne-Wighton-Arrow/Koloamatangi (0-3-0-0) was improved to 3 fromt 11 last week. On the right side Gagai-Kennar-Walker-CheeKam (0-1-3-3) improved to 7 from 24 missed tackles last week. Ruck defence Moale/Burgess-Cook/Mamouzelos-Keppie/Koloamatangi-Koloamatangi/Duncan/LeBlanc/Cook (4-4-3-1) improved to 12 from 16 missed tackles last week.

Our go forward improved to 2062m from 1874m last week. Our best all season. With our props made a very good 491m compared to 497m last week. Koloamatangi, Moale, Arrow, Burgess, Duncan, Mamouzelos, Milne, J.Gray and Gagai made 10+m per run. Koloamatangi, Keppie, Moale, Arrow, CheeKam, Burgess, Milne, J.Gray, Kennar and Gagai made 100+m in the match. Koloamatangi and Milne ran for 200+m for the match. Defensively Cook was our best in the tackling raking up 44 tackles. Arrow, LeBlanc, Wighton, Johnston, Gagai and J.Gray didn't miss a tackle.

News This Week

Damien Cook Released Released at end of 2024

Selected Round 17 teams

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