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Round 25 - Rabbitohs vs Dragons: Saturday 4th September 7:35pm @Sunshine Coast Stadium

Steenson123

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I like the team. Important to give these guys an opportunity. No point being sorry you didn’t give them a rehearsal if they are needed to cover injuries or suspensions in the finals.
Young Taaffe needs to be the new #14 for the playoffs. He has dash, skill and could even spell Cook when the opposition is tiring. There is absolutely zero rationale using Barrie Marshall there in Week 1. Bennett must come up with something different in Week 1, and its starts with using Taaffe off the bench.
 

southsport

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Young Taaffe needs to be the new #14 for the playoffs. He has dash, skill and could even spell Cook when the opposition is tiring. There is absolutely zero rationale using Barrie Marshall there in Week 1. Bennett must come up with something different in Week 1, and its starts with using Taaffe off the bench.
Taaffe will be playing fullback.
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callmack1

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Young Taaffe needs to be the new #14 for the playoffs. He has dash, skill and could even spell Cook when the opposition is tiring. There is absolutely zero rationale using Barrie Marshall there in Week 1. Bennett must come up with something different in Week 1, and its starts with using Taaffe off the bench.
Welcome to the forum mate!!

Taaffe is going to be fullback.

Who would you have at fullback?
 

callmack1

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A couple of beautiful articles about Taaffe in the build up to this week, especially the one with Trell. Great story,

The $300 punt that brought one-time Rooster back to Bunnies: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/09/02...ht-one-time-rooster-back-into-rabbitohs-fold/

How Latrell helped Souths rookie through the tough times

A tough road to the top has prepared Blake Taaffe to fill a pair of the biggest boots in the game — and his mentors at the Rabbitohs are confident he will handle the challenge.

Nick Walshaw

Somewhere in his bedroom at home, Blake Taaffe keeps an autograph from the man he is now set to replace.

A signed picture he received only a few months ago. Back when he was nursing a left ankle that more than simply being busted, was refusing to heal. Which isn’t how things were supposed to go.

No, when Taaffe initially twisted that ankle in February’s Charity Shield match against St George Illawarra in Mudgee, the diagnosis was for him to miss four, maybe five weeks.

But when those four weeks became six? Then seven, nine, and eventually double digits?

Yeah, it worried the kid.

Not because Taaffe has never experienced setbacks. No, even at 22, the opposite is true.

With that foot simply the latest hurdle for a fella who has always been considered too small, or light, who never made a junior rep team, never got further than the bench for Roosters Jersey Flegg, and who by 19 couldn’t even crack first grade with The Entrance Tigers.

So as for being the man to replace Latrell Mitchell?

Even now Taaffe is almost 20kg too light. That, and 14cm too short.

A fella who only three years ago, as Mitchell was winning premierships, Origins, and fielding $1 million offers, was playing with the North Sydney Bears for free.

Had good reason, too. Nobody else wanted him.

Yet with the battling Bears short on numbers for Jersey Flegg, well, eventually they plucked Taaffe from Central Coast park footy for a contract worth his medical bills and nothing more.

Which put another way, means he joined South Sydney’s feeder club for free.

Which was still only slightly less than the $5000 Taaffe earned a year later when, against all odds, and while working as a carpenter, he helped a South Sydney Jersey Flegg side all the way to a title.

But the start of something big? Not quite.

Instead, come 2020, a little thing called Covid stole almost an entire season from this playmaker who still lives with his grandparents in La Perouse. Then in February this year, it was that twisted ankle which again outed Taaffe for what would eventually be the opening 10 weeks.

Yet even when the kid returned? Covid struck again. It meant that in two years, this young Indigenous livewire has continually been flat out playing not much of anything.

“Which has been tough,” admits mum Dorothy. “And really knocked him about.”

Dad Darren, agrees.

With the former Rabbitohs lower-grader explaining his son “was just so frustrated … he really needed some reassuring that everything was going to be OK”.

Enter Latrell Mitchell.

That Rabbitohs superstar who, you may have heard by now, won’t play again this year after smashing the cheekbone of Joey Manu last weekend so badly the Roosters favourite now boasts three metal plates in his face.

Not for the first time in his life, Mitchell is again the game’s biggest yarn.

Indeed, in the days since said tackle, both Mitchell the man, and his red mist tendencies, have been dissected like some frog in a Year 12 biology class.

Worse, that Manu hit has also proved the catalyst for an ongoing saga that’s seen referee Henry Perenara dropped, Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hagreaves grilled, coach Trent Robinson lightened of $40,000, the Book of Feuds bagged, Jayden Su’A claim abuse, the Roosters deny it, and even Mitchell’s partner Brielle – horrifically — receive death threats via Instagram.

Elsewhere, there have also been headlines made of referees generally, Phil Gould specifically and host of others including – but not limited to – Manu’s family, Victor Radley, the NRL Bunker, Wayne Bennett, Nick Politis and that Roosters side fighting on like Monty Python’s Black Knight.

Oh yeah, the Bunnies are also now without a superstar fullback for the NRL finals series.

All of which brings us back to Taaffe, and that photograph resting on a bedside at his grandparent’s house.

An image which not only shows the youngster seated alongside now great mate Mitchell, but carries the NSW star’s signature beneath the simplest of messages: “Hey bra, Head up. Trust The Process.”

Then to finish things off, “Love Ya”.

“It’s a message Latrell wrote earlier this year,” Darren Taaffe explains. “Back when Blake was really frustrated by his injury and Latrell, he just wanted him to keep going, keep him trusting that it would all be OK.

“And throughout everything, Latrell’s just been so supportive.

“You can even see in the Charity Shield when Blake goes down injured, there’s footage of Latrell going straight up to give him a cuddle.”

Better, the Indigenous All Star is now quietly preparing his protege for everything to come.

Which isn’t to say Taaffe is the new Mitchell.

Who could be?

“But absolutely Latrell will be mentoring him,” insists the rookie’s uncle Keith McCraw, who doubles as chairman of Souths Juniors. “Obviously nobody wanted Blake’s opportunity to come at Latrell Mitchell’s expense.

“But I know Latrell, Cody Walker, Benji Marshall — those three have all really instilled a confidence in Blake this year. As a footballer, he already had the speed, the natural ability … but those three have instilled a confidence in Blake to get out there and do the job.”

Which is why we can also tell you, alongside that signed message from Mitchell, sits one from Marshall too.

A photograph of the pair playing together on which the New Zealand Test great has written: “I Love You Bro. You’re The Man.”

Importantly, Taaffe now gets the chance to prove it.

Which is some rise for a fella who, after debuting in June, will make what is still only his fifth NRL appearance this Saturday against the Dragons.

A fullback who got so little game time when initially playing with the Roosters Jersey Flegg, he walked out one day and never returned.

From there, and after being unable to crack a start with The Entrance, switching to nearby Berkley Vale, where after just two games coach Alex Moore helped secure that Bears deal.

“And first game, he played the Roosters,” dad recalls.

So as for how he went?

“Carved up, scored a couple of tries,” he laughs. “Afterwards, the coach came up and said ‘Ah, I probably should’ve given you more of a game’.”

Says Moore: “All Blake ever wanted is an opportunity.

“And once Norths gave him that … well, look where he is right now.”

Parramatta recruitment boss Ben Rogers agrees.

Two winters ago, when still employed by Souths, it was Rogers who was tasked with taking a “limited budget” and creating that Bunnies Flegg side that would eventually beat all-comers.

Asked about the key to Taaffe, who played No.6, the coach recalls weekly video sessions with both he and halfback Lachlan Ilias, of whom big things are also expected at Redfern.

“Start of each week we’d watch video of the opposition,” Rogers recalls. “And it really was like working with your assistant coaches.

“Those two wouldn’t only find chinks in the opposition armour, or put plans together, they could then go out and execute.

“It eventually became a big part of how we beat the more fancied teams.”

Which brings us full circle to this Saturday.

Then beyond that, as far into the playoffs as these Rabbitohs can go.

Which, with Mitchell now gone, nobody expects to be a decider. But for Taaffe, that’s fine.

Yet know this kid whose grandfathers played for the same La Perouse team, whose father and uncle also played for the Bunnies, he also boasts the type of athleticism, and wheels, that comes from having Souths great Kevin Longbottom as an uncle, and old Canterbury flyer Gavin Lester as a cousin.

Elsewhere, he defends, as Uncle Keith puts it “so well he’s never needed hiding in any defensive line”.

Throw in too those footy smarts that once upset a Jersey Flegg premiership race.

And grit? This is the same kid, remember, who only three years ago was unwanted by every club not named North Sydney.

Which is no small thing when you’re playing for free.
 

callmack1

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Also, a nice one about Ilias from the Daily Telegraph,

NRL 2021: Lachlan Ilias will make his debut for Souths after being snatched from the Tigers

Lachlan Ilias may hail from the heart of Wests Tigers territory but the rising young halfback has slipped through their fingers and fallen into the lap of one of their arch rivals.

The banner celebrating Lachlan Ilias’ first grade debut for South Sydney hangs proudly in the heart of Wests Tigers territory, from the balcony of the family home in Five Dock.

Last year, as Covid wrecked the lower grade competitions, Ilias would head down to Leichhardt Oval with his manager, Braith Anasta, at least once – sometimes twice – a week to work on his kicking and running skills.

His hero growing up was Tigers legend Benji Marshall, the man he will make his first grade debut alongside on Saturday afternoon at Sunshine Coast Stadium as the undermanned Rabbitohs prepare for the finals by handing a maiden top grade appearance to one of the men in contention to step into the shoes of Adam Reynolds next season.


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Lachlan Ilias makes his NRL debut this weekend. Pic: Bryden Sharp.

As a teenager, Ilias had the choice between rugby league and rugby union. It was rugby union that inadvertently led him to Souths after a snubbing by his beloved Tigers that has provided the motivation for his ascent to the NRL.

When he was 17 and part of the Tigers system, Ilias broke his leg playing in a sevens rugby union tournament for NSW at Ballymore in Brisbane. The Tigers had promised him the world but suddenly their interest cooled.

His father, Arthur, takes up the story.

“He came through the Balmain Tigers system and their junior development all the way through to 16s,” Arthur Ilias said.

“He was playing rugby union as well because he went to Trinity College. In December ’17, he made the NSW sevens rugby team and they went up and won the national championship.

“In the final he broke his leg. He got home. There were complications. It took quite a while for him to recover. In May the next year he wasn’t quite right and the Tigers came to a decision that his leg was going to prevent him regaining his strength and speed.

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Lachlan Ilias’ family can’t get to Brisbane, so they made him a banner for him.

“They weren’t going to offer him a new contract.”

Three months later Ilias was picked in the Australian schoolboys rugby union team and soon enough, along came South Sydney.

Ilias was won over at a meeting with former coach Anthony Seibold and their ex-head of recruitment Ben Rogers – Rogers had kept an eye on Ilias after watching him tear Souths apart a few years early and jumped at the chance to get his signature on a contract.

Coincidentally, his signing was announced two years ago on the day Souths announced they had secured another rugby union prodigy – Joseph Suaalii, now of the Sydney Roosters.

“It was difficult for him – there was a lot of talk at the (Tigers) about big, big plans for him,” Arthur said.

“It didn’t quite work out that way. The pathway system we could see at the Rabbitohs, I could see longevity and a clear pathway to the NRL.”

The Tigers’ loss has been Souths gain.

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Ilias in his Tigers days. Picture: framinglife.com.au

“First and foremost he is a great human being,” said Anasta, of Searoo Sports.

“He works his arse off, he did well at school, he studies at uni. He is a credit to the game in that regard. In terms of is footy, he is really steady. He has a great build – he is ripped up.

“We had a lot in common. He is a half. He wanted someone who could be a mentor. We have done a lot of work – last year during Covid we were doing a session a week for a while.

“We have a bit of a bond there.”

Ilias has also struck up a bond with Marshall. He grew up admiring the Tigers legend and now finds himself in the halves as he prepares to make his bow against St George Illawarra.

“I think every young Tiger grew up and revered Benji” Arthur said.

“You couldn’t write the script. When he (Marshall) signed this year with the Rabbitohs, which sort of came out of nowhere, Lachy came home with a big smile on his face.

“It is bittersweet for the family and all his friends that they can’t be there. It is his debut and a special time. We will be cheering from home.”

With the banner hanging proudly from the balcony no doubt.
 

handyman2190

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A couple of beautiful articles about Taaffe in the build up to this week, especially the one with Trell. Great story,

The $300 punt that brought one-time Rooster back to Bunnies: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/09/02...ht-one-time-rooster-back-into-rabbitohs-fold/

How Latrell helped Souths rookie through the tough times

A tough road to the top has prepared Blake Taaffe to fill a pair of the biggest boots in the game — and his mentors at the Rabbitohs are confident he will handle the challenge.

Nick Walshaw

Somewhere in his bedroom at home, Blake Taaffe keeps an autograph from the man he is now set to replace.

A signed picture he received only a few months ago. Back when he was nursing a left ankle that more than simply being busted, was refusing to heal. Which isn’t how things were supposed to go.

No, when Taaffe initially twisted that ankle in February’s Charity Shield match against St George Illawarra in Mudgee, the diagnosis was for him to miss four, maybe five weeks.

But when those four weeks became six? Then seven, nine, and eventually double digits?

Yeah, it worried the kid.

Not because Taaffe has never experienced setbacks. No, even at 22, the opposite is true.

With that foot simply the latest hurdle for a fella who has always been considered too small, or light, who never made a junior rep team, never got further than the bench for Roosters Jersey Flegg, and who by 19 couldn’t even crack first grade with The Entrance Tigers.

So as for being the man to replace Latrell Mitchell?

Even now Taaffe is almost 20kg too light. That, and 14cm too short.

A fella who only three years ago, as Mitchell was winning premierships, Origins, and fielding $1 million offers, was playing with the North Sydney Bears for free.

Had good reason, too. Nobody else wanted him.

Yet with the battling Bears short on numbers for Jersey Flegg, well, eventually they plucked Taaffe from Central Coast park footy for a contract worth his medical bills and nothing more.

Which put another way, means he joined South Sydney’s feeder club for free.

Which was still only slightly less than the $5000 Taaffe earned a year later when, against all odds, and while working as a carpenter, he helped a South Sydney Jersey Flegg side all the way to a title.

But the start of something big? Not quite.

Instead, come 2020, a little thing called Covid stole almost an entire season from this playmaker who still lives with his grandparents in La Perouse. Then in February this year, it was that twisted ankle which again outed Taaffe for what would eventually be the opening 10 weeks.

Yet even when the kid returned? Covid struck again. It meant that in two years, this young Indigenous livewire has continually been flat out playing not much of anything.

“Which has been tough,” admits mum Dorothy. “And really knocked him about.”

Dad Darren, agrees.

With the former Rabbitohs lower-grader explaining his son “was just so frustrated … he really needed some reassuring that everything was going to be OK”.

Enter Latrell Mitchell.

That Rabbitohs superstar who, you may have heard by now, won’t play again this year after smashing the cheekbone of Joey Manu last weekend so badly the Roosters favourite now boasts three metal plates in his face.

Not for the first time in his life, Mitchell is again the game’s biggest yarn.

Indeed, in the days since said tackle, both Mitchell the man, and his red mist tendencies, have been dissected like some frog in a Year 12 biology class.

Worse, that Manu hit has also proved the catalyst for an ongoing saga that’s seen referee Henry Perenara dropped, Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hagreaves grilled, coach Trent Robinson lightened of $40,000, the Book of Feuds bagged, Jayden Su’A claim abuse, the Roosters deny it, and even Mitchell’s partner Brielle – horrifically — receive death threats via Instagram.

Elsewhere, there have also been headlines made of referees generally, Phil Gould specifically and host of others including – but not limited to – Manu’s family, Victor Radley, the NRL Bunker, Wayne Bennett, Nick Politis and that Roosters side fighting on like Monty Python’s Black Knight.

Oh yeah, the Bunnies are also now without a superstar fullback for the NRL finals series.

All of which brings us back to Taaffe, and that photograph resting on a bedside at his grandparent’s house.

An image which not only shows the youngster seated alongside now great mate Mitchell, but carries the NSW star’s signature beneath the simplest of messages: “Hey bra, Head up. Trust The Process.”

Then to finish things off, “Love Ya”.

“It’s a message Latrell wrote earlier this year,” Darren Taaffe explains. “Back when Blake was really frustrated by his injury and Latrell, he just wanted him to keep going, keep him trusting that it would all be OK.

“And throughout everything, Latrell’s just been so supportive.

“You can even see in the Charity Shield when Blake goes down injured, there’s footage of Latrell going straight up to give him a cuddle.”

Better, the Indigenous All Star is now quietly preparing his protege for everything to come.

Which isn’t to say Taaffe is the new Mitchell.

Who could be?

“But absolutely Latrell will be mentoring him,” insists the rookie’s uncle Keith McCraw, who doubles as chairman of Souths Juniors. “Obviously nobody wanted Blake’s opportunity to come at Latrell Mitchell’s expense.

“But I know Latrell, Cody Walker, Benji Marshall — those three have all really instilled a confidence in Blake this year. As a footballer, he already had the speed, the natural ability … but those three have instilled a confidence in Blake to get out there and do the job.”

Which is why we can also tell you, alongside that signed message from Mitchell, sits one from Marshall too.

A photograph of the pair playing together on which the New Zealand Test great has written: “I Love You Bro. You’re The Man.”

Importantly, Taaffe now gets the chance to prove it.

Which is some rise for a fella who, after debuting in June, will make what is still only his fifth NRL appearance this Saturday against the Dragons.

A fullback who got so little game time when initially playing with the Roosters Jersey Flegg, he walked out one day and never returned.

From there, and after being unable to crack a start with The Entrance, switching to nearby Berkley Vale, where after just two games coach Alex Moore helped secure that Bears deal.

“And first game, he played the Roosters,” dad recalls.

So as for how he went?

“Carved up, scored a couple of tries,” he laughs. “Afterwards, the coach came up and said ‘Ah, I probably should’ve given you more of a game’.”

Says Moore: “All Blake ever wanted is an opportunity.

“And once Norths gave him that … well, look where he is right now.”

Parramatta recruitment boss Ben Rogers agrees.

Two winters ago, when still employed by Souths, it was Rogers who was tasked with taking a “limited budget” and creating that Bunnies Flegg side that would eventually beat all-comers.

Asked about the key to Taaffe, who played No.6, the coach recalls weekly video sessions with both he and halfback Lachlan Ilias, of whom big things are also expected at Redfern.

“Start of each week we’d watch video of the opposition,” Rogers recalls. “And it really was like working with your assistant coaches.

“Those two wouldn’t only find chinks in the opposition armour, or put plans together, they could then go out and execute.

“It eventually became a big part of how we beat the more fancied teams.”

Which brings us full circle to this Saturday.

Then beyond that, as far into the playoffs as these Rabbitohs can go.

Which, with Mitchell now gone, nobody expects to be a decider. But for Taaffe, that’s fine.

Yet know this kid whose grandfathers played for the same La Perouse team, whose father and uncle also played for the Bunnies, he also boasts the type of athleticism, and wheels, that comes from having Souths great Kevin Longbottom as an uncle, and old Canterbury flyer Gavin Lester as a cousin.

Elsewhere, he defends, as Uncle Keith puts it “so well he’s never needed hiding in any defensive line”.

Throw in too those footy smarts that once upset a Jersey Flegg premiership race.

And grit? This is the same kid, remember, who only three years ago was unwanted by every club not named North Sydney.

Which is no small thing when you’re playing for free.
Boys..this article has brought tears to my eyes,ive watched him for 3 years i knew he had greatness in him, go Taafe go!!
 

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Well well well game day is nearly upon us once more our last one for the regular season. To me whenever we play the Dragons it’s a big intense rivalry that stretches way back as we know and it always a game I look forward too especially living in the St George area I have friends and people I know in the community who go for the Dragons so this game is always good for banter and to get bragging rights so to me it’s always very important we beat them otherwise I never hear the end of it. Thankfully of late we have a great record against them and hopefully that continues. In relation to this game yes it means nothing in regards to where we finish but it’s a great opportunity for our fringe first graders to put their hands up and push for a spot in our 17 in the finals series when required and a great opportunity for our youngsters of the future to show what they have and they’ll no doubt be looking to perform to grab JD’s attention.

I am most excited to see how Ta’affe goes this is a great opportunity for him to show what he can do and that he can handle it back at fullback and that he can contribute to our attack, control the defensive line from out the back, be safe and sound under the high ball and just have a high involvement in general. For Taane and Braidon it’s an opportunity to impress as we might need them in the finals. For Benji he hasn’t played large minutes of late so to get a full game under his belt will be good in case required for bigger mins in finals. Another one to be exited about is Ilias who is making his debut. I’ve heard great things about this kid but obviously we can’t expect too much as he’s barely played the last 2 years as we know. Mamozelos gets another opportunity and I’ve loved what I’ve seen of him so far. Up front we have the ever reliable Tatola and Nicholls. What a proud moment for the GOAT and boy he deserves being named captain for this game he’s had a very strong season for us Mr reliable. Will be good to see Patrick getting some good mins too as I’m certain he will be on the interchange next week for finals so this is a chance to get rid of any rust. Same goes for Hosty and Su’a they’ll be looking to impress for an interchange spot also next week so they’ll wanna perform well. And on the bench I’m most looking forward to seeing a bit of young Davvy Moale again this week.

Playing at Sunshine Coast Stadium once more we always get a strong showing of Red and Green filling the stands up there and on the hill too which will help lift the boys. If you’re going make sure you shout, cheer and clap as loud as you can to get the boys home.


SO COME 7:35PM TOMORROW NIGHT RABBITOHS MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS ITS ONCE AGAIN TIME TO GET ON YOUR FEET! SHOW THE COLOURS CLAP YOUR HANDS STAMP YOUR FEET SCREAM YOUR LUNGS OUT........ HERE THEY COME LED OUT BY OUR GOAT YOUR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS!!

 

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It's that time of the week again! Game day is finally here! It's a really exciting game day this one too as we go up against our traditional rivals the Dragons tonight. Our rivalry with them stretches back 100 years now so we always fire up when we play them. I'm not going to say this is a big game today because to be fair, it's not. It means nothing in terms of ladder position so the pressure is off for this week. However, it's a really, really exciting game! Resting eight players has given all the young guys and fringe first graders in our squad a chance to show us what they've got and get some game time so I'm super excited to watch this one! Can't wait actually!

St George Illawarra are as full strength as they can be, only missing a few players through injury so I think we're in for a tough contest tonight. It's their last game of the year so they'll be giving this their all and looking to finish their year on a high, I have no doubt about that. So our baby Bunnies can expect a very fired up Dragons side. Despite their poor Season, they still have some stars in their line up we'll need to watch out for. Young guys like Sulivan and Sloan are looking really dangerous and we'll have to make sure we do a job on the likes of Ravalawa, Bird, Norman, McGuire and Sims. That may be easier said than done for our side with little experience playing alongside eachother. Still, I think we can do it. I just don't want to see us go out and take the Dragons lightly because this could be a really even contest with the guys we're resting.

For us, well, as I said, the result tonight doesn't really matter. However, I want to see the boys go out there and give it their absolute all to try and get a win. If our baby Bunnies can beat a nearly full strength Dragons side, then that would be one hell of a statement. Complete your sets and defend well, that should be the main focus. We've still got a potent attacking side if all these young guys live up to the hype so hopefully that continues to flow. Man I'm just so excited to get another look at guys like Taaffe, Ilias (huge congrats on the debut), Mamouzelos and Moale. These guys are our future if all goes well. I wish them all the best tonight, go out and rip in boys! Enjoy the moment!

Hard to believe it's the last Regular Season Round. Round 25 has come around so fast. we have big fish to fry next week so this is our last tune up for that. let's hope it's a good one. Keen for this!!
 

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From acting the goat to being mocked as one, the battler who won over Bunnies fans: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/fr...ho-won-over-bunnies-fans-20210903-p58ok6.html

Debutant Ilias touted as the long-term replacement for Adam Reynolds: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/de...cement-for-adam-reynolds-20210903-p58ooj.html

South Sydney destined for 'straight sets' finals exit, says Andrew Johns: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/south-...hns-says/3e0b7354-f0e2-4437-b2bc-fffea1768274

Write us off at your own peril Joey!!
 
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