By Steve Mavin
Today at 3pm the Rabbitohs take on the Warriors at Sunshine Coast Stadium in a game that the Bunnies simply must win.
Souths currently sit 8th on the NRL ladder with 24 competition points and a differential of +70 with just 4 rounds left before the finals after todays clash.
The teams we face in those last 4 games are all above us on the ladder – Eels (28pts +54), Panthers (36pts +294), Cowboys (30pts +208) and the ‘Evil Empire’ aka the Roosters (24pts +107) at the opening of the new Sydney Football Stadium. That is a tough run home and we will need to win a majority of those matches to ensure a finals berth.
Souths overall record against the Warriors is an even split with 19 wins and 19 losses from 38 games since 1995. In magic round earlier this year the Rabbits let a 26-6 halftime lead erode to just a 2 point 32-30 victory.
The Rabbitohs should beat the 13th placed Warriors (12pts -199) when you consider that we have won 11 games compared to their 5 wins but both teams are coming off losses. Souths went down in a golden point thriller 21-20 to the Sharks and the Warriors got the Storms season back on track with a 24-12 defeat.
The Kiwi team can’t make the finals but you can expect them to come out all guns blazing this arvo to salvage some pride from their season.
The Rabbitohs will need their big guns to return fire so look for Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker to lead us to victory on top of a big performance from our forwards.
The Bunnies will have loads of support when they take the field today with plenty of red & green locals like Russell Hansen plus we have Darren Brown and the Souths Players Association (SPA) boys in town for a 3 day event that included a function at the Duporth Tavern last night, the game today and the races tomorrow.
Josh Kemp, Michael Tasker and fellow Burrow members are also up north to represent the South Sydney army.