2024 - The Cyber View from the Hill

10th July 2024

5 in a row

The run continues as we extend our run to 5 wins in a row. It was our scrambling defence that kept the opposition at bay as they lifted while their season was on the line. Again the wet and slippery conditions suited our style of play. The transformation of the team in the past 2 months has been extradonary and a complete reversal of last year. The team is playing for each other once again, and now sit 2 points out of the 8 for the efforts. The season is on knifes edge with a very tough road ahead. Now for a match against Top 8 side the Dolphins against our incoming coach. 8 more wins to make the finals, as the run home continues.

Trell injury

The season doesn't seem to go a week with out another significant injury concern. This week it was Latrell Mitchell who has withdrawn from Origin selection with a Lefranc foot injury. The specialist has indicated he would like a cautious approach to recovery rather than surgery option, so hopefully he won't be out for too long.

Wighton and Gagai double

The move by Wighton has openned up our attack in the middle with change in playing style. While teams focus on our edges, Wighton has found gaps up the middle and was rewarded with two tries on the weekend. While on the right Jacob Gagai was on the end of two backline moves for a double of his own. Our attack is starting to click and continues to improve.

Myers hattrick

New boy Fletcher Myers made a instant impact in our reserve grade side on the weekend. He showed he has speed out wide, as he scored a hattrick of tries, with a classy try to finish it off. He has been rewarded this week by making the final 19 on game day.

Women open their account

A familar face returned to our womens team, Maddie Studdon who is our captain for season 2024. Her touch football passing and NRLW kicking skills are very welcome, as she led the team to a openning round victory. It is vitally important that the team performs on the field as we lobby to enter the NRLW competition, as everything is ready off the field.

Modern Football Boots no foot protection

Foot and lower leg injuries continue to effect the modern footballer. One theory I have is that the modern light weight football boot is a contributer. These boots are designed to support fast running and soccer kicking skills. But in a the ruck of a tackle, where there is pushing, wrestling and feet coming into contact with each other, the light weight material they are made of offer very little protection to the foot itself or the ankle ligaments. So if a stud is on the upper foot part of the boot, it offers little to no protection, compared to the old leather boots. Players will need to compramise between the two, with players in the engine room needing more protection (ie leather boots) in the ruck eg forwards and maybe centres than those who need the speed out wide eg wingers.

Round 18 - Stat Attack

Statistically it was average game this week, as a number of indicators dropped. Completions dropped to 77% from 82% last week. Errors improved to 11 from 13 last week. We gave away 8 penalties and 2 6-again calls from 6 last week. Souths Effective 1st tackle dropped to a average level of 33.2m from 29.3m last week. Our missed tackles was steady at a very good level of 22 again this week. Opposition offloads dropped to 9 from 7 last week.

Looking at our left side defence - Johnston-Milne-Wighton-Arrow (1-1-4-1) was dropped to 7 fromt 3 last week. On the right side Gagai-Kennar-Walker-Murray/CheeKam (0-1-4-1) improved to 6 from 7 missed tackles last week. Ruck defence Moale/Kolamatangi-Cook-Keppie/Burgess-Koloamatangi/Duncan/Murray (1-3-1-3) improved to 8 from 12 missed tackles last week.

Our go forward dropped to 1716m from 2062m last week. With our props made a good 431m compared to 491m last week. Arrow, Keppie, Duncan, Wighton and Gagai made 10+m per run. Koloamatangi, Arrow, Murray, Burgess, Milne, Wighton, L.Mitchell and Gagai made 100+m in the match. Koloamatangi ran for 200+m for the match, his 5th game in a row. Defensively Cook was our best in the tackling raking up 51 tackles. Moale, Burgess, CheeKam and Gagai didn't miss a tackle.

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Round 19 Preview

Recent 2024 Form - South Sydney (13th)

Rd16  Manly      StAu W 14-0 
Rd17  BYE
Rd18  Parramatta WSS  W 32-16

Recent 2024 Form - Dolphins (6th)

Rd16  Melbourne  LngS L 24-30
Rd17  St Geo-Ill Koga L  6-26
Rd18  BYE

Recent South Sydney v Dolphins Results

1961 Tour1 Lang W 43-17
2023 Rd07  LngS W 36-14 23,280 A.Klein

Recent Referee Performance - Gerard Sutton

First Grade                                            Pe    6A   SB OR SO
2023 Rd17  Nth Qld    StAu L  6-31 11,262 Referee      4-8   0-1   -  2  - 
2024 Rd02  Brisbane   LngS L 18-28 35,507 Referee      4-4   2-5   1  1  - 
2024 Rd04  Canterbury StAu W 20-16 35,275 Referee      6-11  2-3   -  -  - 

              M   W  D   L      : PeW PeD PeL PeF PeA      : 6AW 6AD 6AL 6AF 6AA      : SB OR SO
v Dolphins    never

Selected Round 19 teams

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