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Preliminary Final - Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles: Friday 24th September 7:50pm @Suncorp Stadium

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Wayne Bennett Media - Preliminary Final: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2021/09/23/wayne-bennett-prelim-media/

Classic stuff from Wayne!!

‘That’s a myth’ - Bennett’s cheeky response to record Hasler didn’t even know about: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...o/news-story/0b84aaf4040fae56a95e202f15fc04cf

Disrespected Bunnies aiming for one better after Preliminary Final failures: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-20...espected/3c1db187-0630-45dd-bb0e-6f1728696338

Cook's preliminary findings say it's fourth time lucky for Souths: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/09/23/cooks-preliminary-findings-say-its-fourth-time-lucky-for-souths/

Renouf - Centre battles could decide Grand Final combatants: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/09/23/renouf-centre-battles-could-decide-grand-final-combatants/

Benchie marshalling - Why interchange crucial in Souths-Manly stoush: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/09/23...y-interchange-crucial-in-souths-manly-stoush/

How 20 minutes could break Penrith, secret weapon Souths must stop - Cronk’s finals verdict: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...t/news-story/4136bd530128657a74c9af44dc01d56a
 
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Both of the following articles are from the Sydney Morning Herald,

BATTERING CAM

South Sydney’s tireless lock has emerged as the ideal middle forward for the modern game, writes Phil Lutton.

When Cameron Murray first emerged in the top grade at South Sydney, there was a suggestion he may be too small to campaign in the middle of an NRL field , a region routinely patrolled by the giants of the game.

At 184cm and 90kg, Murray gives away 15kg-plus to some of his heftier rivals, whom he is tasked with stopping time and again as he bounces around in a violent pinball machine that can take a physical toll on even the most durable of athletes.

From the start, Murray not only held his own, he blossomed. Now the game has evolved to make his perceived weaknesses into a series of enviable strengths and a vital part of a Rabbitohs outfit one game away from a grand final .

The 23-year-old is also a leading candidate to take over the captaincy when Adam Reynolds leaves for Brisbane next season. It would be a dream promotion for a Mascot Jets junior who has never wanted to do anything else but pull on the colours of his family club. Murray is always in motion on the field . In attack, he’s taking hard carries with his fast leg drive, often earning a quick play-the-ball in the process, or looming in support in the tradition of the great lock forwards.

He’s also one of the most accurate defenders in the NRL, with a tackle efficiency of 96.4 per cent, and his agility and ability to reset for repeat efforts make him a perfect fit for a game that has been supercharged under new rules aimed at keeping the ball in play for longer.

‘‘ When I first came into first grade, I had a little bit of noise about not being big enough. Traditionally, that number 13 role was played as a third front rower,’’ Murray said. ‘‘ I found my feet pretty quickly and realised to play my best footy, I need to play to my strengths and not try to fill another role I wasn’t going to be good at.

‘‘ That meant playing the way I play now. Whether that has coincided with the new rules and the way the game has started to head since my debut, that might be a coincidence, it might just be luck. But if you analyse it, it probably does turn to my favour with the way the new rules have been going.’’

Murray’s football does most of the talking but he speaks thoughtfully about the game and is already one of the most-respected figures inside the Rabbitohs dressing room. With the captaincy up for grabs, Murray looms as an obvious candidate given his age and potential to be a long-term leader at Redfern.

‘‘ It would be special. I grew up in the area, I grew up supporting them, my dad played for the club. It’s all I ever wanted to do is play for South Sydney. To be the captain of a team you always supported would be really nice,’’ Murray said.

‘‘ In saying that, I wouldn’t say it’s a goal of mine or anything. I trust the coaching staff to pick the best leader and there are three or four candidates I’d be happy to stand behind. At the forefront of my mind is just to be successful and win games.

‘‘ I’ve been lucky to learn from some great leaders. If that opportunity does come up, I have a lot of people I can fall back on and rely on for advice.’’

One of those would be his football hero Sam Burgess, who wore the No.13 jumper when Souths won the grand final in 2014. Murray said he pinches himself every week, let alone should he stride out in an NRL decider.

‘‘ It’s pretty special. I pinch myself being able to look back on playing with him, I sat next to him in the locker room since my debut. It was a crucial couple of years for me in terms of learning off one of the best that’s ever done it, my childhood hero,’’ Murray said.

‘‘ I learned so much about his mentality and the way he approaches footy. That’s a massive part of the way I prepare and play. Only a couple of years ago he was wearing that 13 jersey.

‘‘ That’s something I love about playing for this club, being able to wear a jersey so many legends have worn, to represent them and such a historic club. There’s a responsibility every time you run out there to do the jersey proud. It’s something I think about quite a lot. It’s an honour.’’



MANLY CAN REACH THE GRAND FINAL -PENRITH CAN'T

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I always found this weekend more nerve-racking than playing the grand final . It’s not like the grand final is easier to play. I just had the attitude that if we could get past the preliminary final , we’d win. As it turned out at Newcastle, we did – twice.

We have two cracking grand final qualifiers at Suncorp Stadium this weekend. Let’s break them down.

SOUTHS v MANLY

Manly’s edge defence last weekend against the Roosters was really poor, particularly on the right when Haumole Olakau’atu , Daly Cherry-Evans and Morgan Harper were defending together.

Their movements and decision-making were inconsistent: one would be going in, another would be going out; Cherry-Evans ’ spacing with Olakau’atu was too tight, which then put pressure on Harper.

That’s the side Souths like to attack with Cody Walker and his gang. They’ll be coming for the Sea Eagles all night.

Souths’ forwards won them the game against Penrith in week one with fast-moving and aggressive defence. It was led by the back row of Keaon Koloamatangi, Jaydn Su’A , Cameron Murray and then Jai Arrow when he came on the field , and it will again be critical against a Manly side that likes to use the ball.

The advantage for Souths is Adam Reynolds’ kicking game. In big matches, that is so important, although he offers more than that.

He’s at the top of his game at the moment. Is sending him off with a premiership before he finishes his career with the Broncos added motivation for the Bunnies?

In terms of a winner, it’s very hard to split them. There will be a point or two in it and it will come down to a piece of individual brilliance from someone.

The two players I’m looking at are Walker and, of course, Manly fullback Tom Trbojevic, a special for the Dally M on Monday night.

The most important match-up for me is Turbo versus Murray in the middle. Even though Trbojevic is a fullback, he is most dangerous around the ruck, waiting for the slightest crack in the defence so he can take off.

Without doubt, Wayne Bennett will be saying to Murray, ‘‘ This is your tackle’’ . As it always is. Murray does all that work around the ruck, cleaning up any missed tackles or half opportunities.

JOEY’S TIP: Having the week off is a huge advantage for the Rabbitohs, but I have the Sea Eagles winning by one.
 

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This is good. Suli will be on Campbell side too.

We can expose Suli for his lack of lateral movement Cody to Reyno to Ta’affe to Paulo AND PAULO SSSCCCCOOOORRRREEEEEEESSSSSSSSS
 

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Rabbitohs 19-man squad for the Preliminary Final: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2021/09/23/rabbitohs-19-man-squad-for-the-preliminary-final/

'Undersold' - Why Bennett believes Souths don't get credit they deserve: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/09/23...believes-souths-dont-get-credit-they-deserve/

Legend coached by three of big four reveals secret to six wins from seven Preliminary Finals: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/e6656fdcb450ad34f23f83587685a77f

This could be it for the NRL’s enduring master motivator Wayne Bennett: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2...-nrls-enduring-master-motivator-wayne-bennett

 

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From the Daily Telegraph, a beautiful story,

Why Rabbitohs will pay tribute to Lionel Potter when they face Manly in Preliminary Final

When Souths came up with a ploy to start all-in brawls in the 1980s, they honoured Lionel Potter with the call sign. He just had that kind of impact on the club, remembers Paul Kent.

When South Sydney run out wearing black armbands on Friday night, for the memory of Lionel Potter, the soul of the club will be on their arms.
Lionel passed away on Saturday. He would have turned 85 on Tuesday.

“His contribution,” said Craig Coleman, “was as good as any player that has been here. I’m just so proud Souths are honouring him.”

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Former Souths star David Boyle with Lionel Potter.

Lionel arrived at South Sydney with Jack Gibson in 1978.

They met some years earlier when Gibson would take players into the prisons to play footy and Lionel was at Parramatta Jail as a guest of Her Majesty, being formerly employed with Darcy Dugan’s Lavender Hill Mob.

“How long you got to go?” Jack asked one day.

He still had some years left on his run but Jack stayed in touch and Lionel, a constant letter writer, would write to Jack at Easts with various tips on conditioning and play and that sort of thing, and all enough to impress the coach.

Gibson told him that once he was released he would have a job for him and, when his parole came up, Jack helped out with a quiet word and Lionel was released and had a job as a conditioner at Souths.

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Lionel Potter will be missed by the Rabbitohs.

One of his first jobs was to get Charlie Frith fit.

Charlie could hit like few ever could but that was no good to Jack if he wasn’t fit enough to last the game, so he turned him over to Lionel.

All these years later Charlie, now living in Roma, can still remember Lionel with him at Centennial Park one morning before work.

“I just have this memory of me vomiting and Lionel standing there, jogging on the spot, and then when I’d finished we’d go on,” he said.

“And then five the next morning he’d come and knock on your door and get you up to go running again.

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Lionel Potter knocked Charlie Frith into shape.

“Everyone appreciated Lionel.”

While Jack moved on, Lionel, whose nickname was Henry, had Souths in his blood.

Some years later a young kid called Les Davidson rolled into training riding a red and green pushbike with his jeans rolled up to his knees to stop the chain grease staining them and thongs protecting his feet.

Lionel took one look at this sight and worried immediately, afraid that if Davidson was going to continue dressing like that he would get picked on.

He rang Des Lewis, who used to stop all the trouble from happening at the old card games up at Kings Cross, and told him he had a kid who needed to learn how to handle himself.

“Tell him I’ll meet him at Giles Gym tomorrow,” Des said.

The next day Lionel answered the phone and it was Des.

“He’s a snag,” Des said, which meant something completely different back then to what it means now. It meant a trap.

“Nobody will beat him in the ARL,” Des said, “he carries dynamite in both hands.”

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Souths quickly found out Les Davidson knew how to handle himself.

After that Lionel knew Davidson would be all right, which was fortunate because he arrived when Ron Willey was Rabbitohs coach and had inherited a pack high on toughness but light on subtlety, so he knew he needed to find more blunt ways to win.

The Rabbitohs came up with the ploy to start all-in brawls to upset the opposition’s rhythm and Dean Rampling was put in charge of calling it in a pack that boasted not only Rampling and Davidson but Rampling’s brother Tony, David Boyle, Mario Fenech and assorted others.

The call sign was Henry, named after Lionel. Rampling usually saved it for scrums but once Henry was called, and it was called often, the Rabbitohs would turn momentum their way.

Sometime around then the Rabbitohs went on their end of season trip to America and, when they landed in San Francisco, Lionel took them to watch the 49ers train.

Not long after arriving, former 49ers end RC “Alley Oop” Owens, a specialist coach, came down the tunnel, asking, “Where’s Coach? Where’s Coach?”

One of the Rabbitohs pointed towards a 49ers coach nearby.

“No, no, I’m looking for Coach Potter,” Owens said.

It turned out Lionel had been writing to 49ers head coach Bill Walsh for years and was well-known inside the 49ers organisation.

“Joe needs to see you,” Owens said to Lionel. Joe Montana had tennis elbow and wasn’t training that day but wanted Lionel to go in and take a look at him.

Lionel wrote letters regularly to Walsh and another former NFL coach, Chuck Nolan, whom he met through Jack.

In his time at Souths, Lionel had an influence on them all, but was particularly drawn to the forwards. He admired silent toughness.

Before games Tugger Coleman would always look across at Boyle whenever Lionel was nearby.

“Are you going to have a go today. Boyley?”

Lionel would look at Tugger and give a smirk.

And after every game when Boyle would collapse, wrecked with effort, Coleman would find Lionel and ask, “Did Boyley have a go today?”

Lionel always gave a smile and a wink.

As Lionel got older and his time at Souths ended after the 1999 season, he still followed the Rabbitohs, by now forever in his blood, and the players became his family.

Johnny Lewis, the fight trainer, was at the footy with Russell Cox in early 2005 when Cox looked over the heads in the crowd.

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Craig Coleman entertains Lionel Potter at one of his Christmas luncheons.

“There’s Lionel Potter!” he said. “I’ve got to talk to Lionel.”

They met at Parramatta in the 1970s but had fallen out of contact for many years, and for many good reasons, but that afternoon their friendship resumed.

“I’ve never heard anyone say anything bad about Lionel and my view is, if they did, they didn’t know him,” Cox said.

“He was a great bloke. He was exactly the same in the nick. Everyone admired Lionel.”

Cox shared time with Lionel at Parramatta Jail where Lionel got the boxing program introduced.

Earlier this year before Covid, they caught up again when Cox visited Sydney. They spoke for the last time just a few weeks back.

For 25 years Coleman would put a Christmas present for Lionel under his tree, which he gave him at Christmas lunch.

Before lunch was over, Coleman’s wife, Debbie, would load him with weeks worth of food to take home.

As he grew older, Ricky Montgomery, another former Souths player, would pick him up and take him to his doctor appointments or for whatever else Lionel needed.

Having given for so long, shared so much, the old Souths boys were looking after each other.

Just a few weeks back Frith called Lionel to tell him a mate of theirs was sick.

“Straight away he was up at the hospital,” Frith says. “Took him a paper. After that he took one up every day, even though he was too sick to read it.”

Then Lionel got sick with a series of small strokes.

Montgomery called him over the weekend and got no answer so went around to check he was okay.

This is the fate of old men.

Montgomery peeked through a window and saw the bed was not slept in and immediately got worried Lionel was down somewhere in his flat.

As he looked through windows, a neighbour told him an ambulance had taken him away on Saturday.

Lionel died later that day, the old Rabbitohs carrying a heavy heart all weekend.

“All he ever done was give, give, give,” Coleman said.

“And he wanted nothing in return.”

And so on Friday night the new Rabbitohs will give a small piece of them back to him, carrying him on their sleeve, a black arm band, as they strive to qualify for the grand final.

All they will need to do is what Lionel always did, which was give.
 

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Also, both these articles are from the Daily Telegraph,

Cameron Murray on leading Rabbitohs and learning from Sam Burgess

Rabbitohs star Cam Murray has bolted into contention to captain South Sydney next year and revealed club legend Sam Burgess is inspiring his NRL premiership quest.

Murray, 23, is one of the contenders to replace Brisbane-bound skipper Adam Reynolds at the helm of Redfern next season.

A South Sydney junior whose father Corey played for the club (1991-93), Murray grew up idolising the Rabbitohs and inspirational English forward Burgess.

He dreamt of wearing the famous cardinal and myrtle jersey of Souths and will make his 102nd appearance for the Rabbitohs in Friday night’s preliminary final showdown with Manly at Suncorp Stadium.

A win will deliver Murray his first appearance in an NRL grand final and be a just reward following a sensational 2021 campaign for the Rabbitohs and NSW Origin team.

And it could lead to even bigger things, with Murray in the mix alongside Cody Walker and Damien Cook to captain the Bunnies in 2022.

“It’d be special,” Murray said of securing the Rabbitohs’ captaincy.

“I grew up in the area supporting them and my dad played for the club. All I’ve ever wanted to do is play for South Sydney.

“That extra bonus of being the captain of the club you’ve always wanted to play for and supported is something that’d be really nice.

“In saying that, I wouldn’t say it’s a goal of mine or anything. I’ve got confidence the coaching staff will choose the best leader to lead this club next year.

“There’s three or four candidates I’d be happy to stand behind as they lead us. It’s not a goal of mine.

“At the forefront of my mind is to be successful and win games. Whoever the coaching staff see fit to do that I’ll be happy with.

“I just want to play good footy and be part of a successful footy club. We’ve got a really good leadership group here and any one of them would do a really good job.

“I’ve been lucky to learn behind some great players like Sam Burgess who captained the club when I was first coming into first grade.

“If that opportunity does come up I’ve got a lot of people to fall back on and rely on for advice. Sam will definitely be one of them.”

Burgess’ injury-forced retirement at the age of 31 after Souths’ 2019 preliminary final loss to Canberra was a crushing blow to a club in a premiership window.

The 2014 Clive Churchill medallist was one of the NRL’s most feared forwards and an inspirational leader at Redfern, with his departure viewed as a crushing blow to Souths’ title hopes.

But Murray has stepped into the No. 13 void with class.

While he plays a vastly-different way to the intimidating Burgess, Murray has evolved into one of the NRL’s top backrowers and a favourite of coach Wayne Bennett.

Murray said Burgess was his idol and he still leaned on him for advice.

“Sam Burgess was number one,” he said.

“It’s pretty special (to wear 13). I pinch myself being able to look back and see that I played with him.

“I sat next to him in the locker room since I debuted (in 2017). It was a crucial couple of years for me in terms of learning off one of the best.

“I got to learn from my childhood hero. To be playing with him for the first couple of years of my career … I learnt so much from him about his mentality and the way he approached footy.

“I still hold it with me today. He is a massive part of the way I prepare and play the game.

“It’s pretty special to be able to step up. Only a couple of years ago he was wearing that 13 jersey.

“Something I love about playing for this club is being able to wear a jersey so many legends have worn and represent them and such a historic club. There is a responsibility every time we run out there to make sure we’re doing the jersey proud and everyone who’s worn it before you.

“It’s something I think about quite a lot and am really honoured to be able to do.”

While Murray may not have the age and experience of Cook and Walker, he could be a long-term leadership option for the Rabbitohs.

Ahead of what could be his final game for the Rabbitohs, Reynolds said Murray had the world at his feet.

“He’s been fantastic since he debuted for us,” he said.

“He is a skilful bloke, very fast and powerful. He’s got great feet and ballplays well.

“He’s a jack of all trades. He could probably play every position on the field and do it well.

“He is a massive asset to his team. He has got a big future ahead of him.”



Reynolds eyes final piece of business before joining Broncos

Adam Reynolds has hit back at South Sydney’s critics and spoken of his desire to depart the Rabbitohs with a premiership after relocating to Queensland.

Reynolds has already sold his house in Sydney and bought new digs in Brisbane ahead of his marquee move to the Broncos in 2022.

He could be making his last appearance for the Rabbitohs in Friday night’s preliminary final against Manly at Suncorp Stadium.

A win will deliver Souths its first NRL grand final appearance since the famous 2014 triumph while a loss will bring Reynolds’ 10-season career at Redfern to a heartbreaking end.

The Rabbitohs skipper has tried to ignore the emotions of what could be his 230th and final appearance in the cardinal and myrtle jersey he grew up adoring.

Reynolds is determined to add another chapter to his Souths story and said he would leave no stone unturned in his quest for a fairytale farewell.

“I’m not too sure (how I will feel when it’s over), I genuinely don’t know,” he said.

“Hopefully it’s a lot of joy and jubilation lifting that trophy. That’s the way I want to go out.

“There is a lot of hard work between now and then to achieve that goal. We’ve just got to make sure we do everything possible to achieve that outcome.

“I’m purely focused on my job and what I need to do. They’re a great opposition and we know we need to turn up ready to play.”

Reynolds, 31, will join the Broncos next season after inking a three-year deal with the rebuilding club.

It was a tough move to make for the Souths junior, but his wife and four children have relocated to Queensland and Reynolds has come to terms with the transfer.

“I’m up here for good now,” he said.

“I sold my place down in Sydney and bought one up here. With the Covid restrictions, it doesn’t make sense to go down and spend another two weeks in quarantine (coming back to Queensland).

“I got the wife and kids up here. The weather is pretty nice, we’re still getting used to it.

“It’s all happened really fast. We got moved out of our homes pretty quickly. There was a lot going on back home.

“I haven’t had time to sit back and reflect. I probably won’t until next season rolls around, but by then I will be well entrenched with living up here.”

The Rabbitohs were somewhat of the forgotten team heading into this year’s finals series.

All eyes were on the dominant Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers, last year’s grand finalists, while Sea Eagles fullback Tom Trbojevic has the ability to take Manly all the way.

But Souths’ week one finals ambush of Penrith proved they are the real deal, and the fact they only lost one more game (four) than the Panthers and Storm in the regular season.

The Rabbitohs are now in the final four and Reynolds said they were taking no notice of outside opinions in their quest for premiership glory.

“We can’t control what’s being written and said,” he said.

“We’ve been focusing on ourselves, whether people wanted to talk us up or not. Still people aren’t giving us a chance.

“Everyone in general (has written us off). Whether or not they think we can win it or not doesn’t really matter. It’s not relevant to us.

“What matters is what we believe in. As a team we’ve got a strong belief we can go all the way.

“We don’t really need to care about what everyone else is thinking. It’s only what we can control.

“We knew we could beat Penrith. We believed in ourselves, we just had to go out and execute the game plan. We did that on the night and we need to do it again.

“There’s no fallback position. We either win or go home.”
 

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The day has arrived. D-day. The day where our dream is partially realised or the day where it is completely crushed. It's the day we play in a Preliminary Final against our old foe, the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. I don't say this lightly but this is one of the biggest games in the history of our great club. 113 years of history but tonight is right up there with the most important. Everything we've worked so hard for this year has lead to this. In fact, everything that's happened since 2014 has lead to this game, this night. All the joy, all the relief, all the pressure and all the heartbreak has lead us here. Our recent record in Prelims only adds to the enormity of the occasion. This is our fourth in a row but we go into this one having lost the last three, having fallen agonisingly short three times in a row. We don't want that to happen again because we all know how it feels. Lose, and it's four Prelim exits in a row, but win, and we're through to a Grand Final and a shot at the ultimate prize once again. The stakes have never been higher. I can't even describe how big this is. We're on the edge of greatness or ridicule here. What's it going to be? The boys will decide. The 17 men out there in the Red and Green will decide.

Standing in our way is one of our oldest and most fierce rivals, the Sea Eagles. We have a massive rivalry, one that stretches back over 70 years. Genuine hate, huge moments, huge games, iconic moments, our rivalry has had it all. Plenty of Finals and Grand Finals have been played against them and you can add 2021's Preliminary Final to that list. As much as we don't want to remember it, we all know what happened last time we met these guys in a Prelim back in 2013. Well for me, the fire burns a little deep down from that game and tonight is a shot at avenging that terrible night and turning the tables back on them.

It's not going to be easy though that's for sure. We;re in for a big challenge tonight if we want to make that Grand Final. Manly are one hell of a side when they're on their game. They made top four and are standing against us this week for a reason. They come into tonight full of momentum and full of confidence no doubt, and they'll see themselves as a great chance of ending us and making that GF. They'll be desperate. Lead by their skipper DCE, there's quality all across the park for them. A dangerous backline with guys like Harper, Garrick and Saab, a lengendary halves pairing with Foran and one of the better forward packs in the game containing the likes of Taupau, Keppie, Oluku'atu, Walker and Jake Trbojevic. It goes without saying though that the biggest threat comes from the other Trbojevic, Tommy Turbo. Stopping this guy is going to be the key. It's easier said than done but if we can minimise his impact, it'll go a long way towards winning and that all starts in the middle. The forward pack battle is crucial. Manly are going to be raring to go for this one.

But guess what? Our boys are going to be raring to go too!! Hopefully even more so than the Sea Eagles. For the first time in quite sometime, the boys won Week 1 of the Finals and earned that week off leading into this one. That gives us an advantage because the boys will be well rested and refreshed, both physically and mentally. This will hopefully see us primed and ready for our final push at winning Premiership number 22. However, the week off isn't everything. We still need to be well and truely on our game. If we can replicate that performance from week 1 and even improve on it, we'll be hard to beat but it really depends on how we turn up. Complete well, good dicipline, keep that strong defence going (going to be crucial tonight) and take our chances in attack. We have to. There are no second chances tonight, no room for error. The boys have to go out there, handle the nerves and perform. Our destiny is in our own hands.

I don't know about anyone else but I'm a nervous wreck today. have been relaxed all week but it started to hit last night and the nerves are certainly there waking up today. I've never been this excited and pumped for a game but also this nervous at the same time. Bring it on!!

So the day is here and the moment is almost upon us. 80 minutes to decide if we make a Grand Final or if it's four straight years of falling short. As I said, we're on the edge of greatness or ridicule and the boys will decide. I've said it before but the catch-phrase for this Finals Series is 'don't blink.' That rings very true tonight. We need to ensure we don't blink and 'defy the impossible.' These are the games we live for. We eat, sleep and breathe it. So eat, sleep and breathe it today Souths fans. Let's all fire up and get behind our team!!! We can do this!!!!!
 

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I see keppie is in doubt good he is the thug that hits Reynolds late when we play them and I wouldn’t worry about des and his record didn’t we play des and his dirty dogs in a GF not so long ago
 

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Well here we are guys Prelim Game Day is here once more! Everything we have worked so hard for this year brings us to this we are only 80mins away from the GF. Big difference this year is we have had the week off which we need to use to our advantage. We also have so so much to play for with Wayne, Reyno, Gagai and Su’a all leaving and we need to use the pain of the last 3 years as drive to not let that happen again. This year compared to the last few years we have won all the games we were meant to win and haven’t let the lower teams beat us so I feel like we have been more consistent this year. I’m just about to get my jersey on let’s all wear the colours proudly today wherever you go! Losing tonight isn’t an option and I’m sure all of us couldn’t bare the pain of losing a 4th prelim in a row so let’s all support the boys as best we can to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Looking at Manly they have been scoring lots of points like us and what a run Turbo is on in golden form so winning the battle in the forwards will help us negate him so we need to have very good and energetic line speed AND DONT LET THEM OFFLOAD! Reyno kicking long and deep will help greatly too.They also have fast backs in Saab and Garrick. As we know DCE and Foran pose a very big threat in the halves as does Jurbo at lock. They also have Taupau and Aloiai very strong middle and Haumole and Schuster have been in very fine form on their edges. So we can’t switch off for a moment in defence it needs to be an 80min performance with that South Sydney scramble. For us we have great centres in Campbell and Gags, Cody and Reyno will have to be at the top of their game and hopefully Cookie can pick his moments and create a big play or two. I can’t wait to watch Murray tonight I think he’s in for a massive one along with Nicholls and Junior starting well for them Tom and Arrow to wreak havoc off the bench. On our edges I have full faith in ever reliable Keaon and our hitman Su’a to get the job done. I believe Manly can get a bit loose in the middle and on their edges so play our game and be patient we can exploit that.

For all of those QLD Members and fans make sure you come home with nothing left in the tank and enjoy having such a big occasion up there. Make sure to scream, shout and chant your lungs out. Us NSW members and fans wanna hear the cheering and South Sydney chants through our TV and we are right there with you we will also be cheering chanting and yelling like there is no tomorrow. We do have a big support in QLD so I’m confident we will get strong support tonight.

GET EM ONSIDE REF HAVE A LOOK HOW LONG CAN THEY HOLD ON FOR! FORWARD THAT WAS FORWARD!

GGGOOOOOO SOUTH SYDNEY

GGGGOOOOOO SOUTH SYDNEY

WALKING ALONG SINGING A SONG SINGING GLORY GLORY GLORY ALL THE WAY

AAAYYYEEE OOOOHHHHHHH RRRAAABBBBIIITTT PPORRROOOFFFFF

AAAYYYEEEE OOOHHHHH RRRAAABBBIITTT PPPRROOOFFFF

SOUTH SYDNEY CLAP CLAP CLAP

SOUTH SYDNEY CLAP CLAP CLAP

RRRAAABBBIIITTOOOHHHSSS

RRRRAAAAABBBIIITTTOOOHHHSSSS


SO RABBITOHS MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS THE TIME IS NEARLY UPON US! EVERYONE WHEREVER YOU ARE AROUND THE WORLD ON YOUR FEET AT 7:49PM TONIGHT AS THE BOYS ARE IN THEIR LAST MIN HUDDLE IN THE CHANGEROOMS! SHOULDER TO SHOULDER STANDING ABOVE THE REST WE STAND!

IN THE WORDS OF JEZZA OK RABBITOHS MEMBERS AND RABBITOHS SUPPORTERS ITS TIME TO GET ON YOUR FFFFEEEETTTTTTTT.... CLAP YOUR HANDS SHOW THE COLOURS STAMP YOUR FEET AND SCREAM YOUR LUNGS OUT....... HERE THEY COME YYYOOUUURRRRR SOUTH SYDNEY RRRAAABBBIITTTOOOHHHSSSS!


As the words of the NRL Finals series this year say don’t blink as you don’t wanna miss it. This is our time all I feel it in my gut and in my veins LLEETTTSSS DO THIS LETS GO AND MAKE THE BIG DANCE AND LET THE PARTY BEGIN AND THE GOOSEBUMPS AND TEARS OF JOY FLOW!

LETS GO RABBITOHS!!!
 

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I heard on ABC news that Brad Parker was out and Suli in, but yesterday Des said Parker was in so Des trying to be a smart arse
 

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