Far out this week has flown by but as we all rise and shine on this morning, I say a happy game day to all South Sydney members and fans. A big one for us today, a big game day as we take on the Raiders tonight out there at Accor. An important game in the context of our Season as a potential win would be massive for our mentality moving forward. We're missing a lot; they're not missing many so a potential result here tonight would just be massive.
It's going to be a big test in this one, there's no doubt about that. Canberra is a very good side this year when they turn it on, one that is genuinely capable of beating anyone. Before last week, along with us, they were the form team of the competition and were looking absolutely red hot. I know they beat some lower sides in that run, but they still had a huge win over the ladder leading Broncos to prove they are a very dangerous outfit. They got touched up last week quite badly and if anything, I think that makes them even more dangerous tonight as they'll be looking to make amends and bounce back. No doubt they'll come our firing right from the start and try to maintain that the whole game. When you look across their line up, it really is quite formidable, especially now that their main Origin players have retired from that arena (great timing). Headlined by Wighton, Papali'i and Tapine, it's one hell of a side for an Origin effected game. They go in as favourites in my opinion, we're the underdogs so I'm under no allusion as to how tough it's going to be tonight.
Because of all this, we'll really find out what our guys are made of tonight. Our backs are somewhat against the wall and Canberra will smell blood, but we have to stand up, be counted and give it to them despite the odds. Tonight, is not about who we are missing, if we go in with that mentality, we'll get nowhere. Tonight, is about who is out there, it's about that next man up mentality. EVERYONE, and I mean everyone needs to lift. We need everyone pulling their weight tonight if we are to get this result. Not only that, but there's no reason not to be motivated today. Similar to the Raiders, we were very poor last week and got clapped so I think the boys will be burning to bounce back and right the wrongs. They should be extremely motivated when you factor all that in and the fact that we're missing some guys. I think that fires the boys up even more as they'll all know they need to go to that next level. There's some exciting storylines for us tonight. Taaffey returning, Keaon back, Shaq back, Tallis on debut. There really is no excuse to not be switched on tonight. JD nailed it yesterday, get our game right, get our defence right, play Rabbitohs Footy and we give ourselves a real chance.
Jeez I'm burning for this one today boys and girls!! Really want this win! If we could somehow get it done, it would be our biggest win of the Season so far, I believe. Going to be extremely tough, a big test but we'll be up for it! I'm backing the boys for a famous win; they can do this!! Let's goooooo!!