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Cameron Murray out, Cody captain. Jacob Host, Thomas Burgess and Kodi Nikorima in!
It’s magic round (round 10) with all 8 games set to be played at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
The Rabbitohs meet the Warriors at 3pm on Saturday, the 3rd game of the 8 and it’s just as well because rain is forecast for the whole week in Brisbane so the Suncorp surface for the last few games could end up looking like the old Waterloo Oval on a soggy Sunday arvo.
The Rabbitohs were ordinary last week against the Broncos but the Warriors were even worse than that against an under manned Sharks team so the outcome of this clash will depend on which club can sort out their problems and find some form.
The Bunnies and Warriors have both won four games and lost five, Souths are however ahead on the table with +19 opposed to the Kiwi sides -81 thanks largely to having 70pts put on them by the Storm in round 7.
For Souths to win they will need to hold the ball, complete sets and cut down their appalling error rate. Throw in a good kicking game and a ferocious defensive effort and the Bunnies will be back in business.
Alex Johnston the star of our lethal left was out there catching a cold last week, the man on the verge of becoming the clubs greatest try scorer was starved of possession with a miserly 8 runs for 55 metres gained. This can’t happen again, ever.
Victory on Saturday depends on our forwards winning the battle in the middle and the spine performing to the high standards we’ve come to expect. If this happens our left and right sides will find the type of joy that our fans crave.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for round ten against the New Zealand Warriors at Suncorp Stadium to be played this Saturday 14 May at 3pm.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Demetriou has named new recruit Kodi Nikorima to make his Rabbitohs debut from the interchange bench on Saturday afternoon. He has also named Jaxson Paulo in the centres, Jacob Host to return from injury in the second row and Jai Arrow at lock to replace the injured Cameron Murray.
Cody Walker will have the honour of captaining the Rabbitohs in Murray’s absence.
Centre Campbell Graham will play his 100th NRL game this Saturday night, all of which have been in the red and green of the Rabbitohs, since making his debut as a schoolboy in 2017.
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup, Jersey Flegg Cup and Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership teams all have the bye this weekend, however the under 21s Jersey Flegg Cup team will play their postponed round five match against the St George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday 14 May at 11am at the Ironmark High Performance Centre, Redfern Oval.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s round ten clash with the Warriors is: 1) Blake Taaffe 2) Alex Johnston 3) Jaxson Paulo 4) Campbell Graham 5) Taane Milne 6) Cody Walker (c) 7) Lachlan Ilias 8) Junior Tatola 9) Damien Cook 10) Thomas Burgess 11) Keaon Koloamatangi 12) Jacob Host 13) Jai Arrow Interchange: 14) Kodi Nikorima 15) Davvy Moale 16) Siliva Havili 17) Liam Knight 18) Peter Mamouzelos 19) Isaiah Tass 20) Josh Mansour 21) Shaquai Mitchell 22) Dean Hawkins 23) Trent Peoples 24) Josiah Karapani Head Coach – Jason Demetriou
The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup squad for Saturday’s game against the Dragons is: 1) Terrell Kalo Kalo 2) Carson Kaho 3) Leon Te Hau 4) Ryan Garner 5) Tyrone Munro 6) Dion Teaupa 7) Keahlan Bray 8) Thomas Giles (c) 9) Romano Cook 10) Isaiah Vailalo 11) Oscar Mezzomo 12) Louis Grossemy 13) Tallis Duncan Interchange: 14) Joshua Rizk 15) Dranza Hawe-De-Thierry 16) Trent Griffiths 17) Marco Moretti 18) Cruise Tweedie Coach – Leon Latulipe
The big news at Rabbitohs training this morning was the arrival of experienced NRL player Kodi Nikorima. The other newsworthy story to report is Campbell Graham will play his 100th game for the Bunnies in magic round against the Warriors 3pm Saturday 14th May at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
I managed to shoot 5 interviews today – Campbell Graham, Keaon Koloamatangi, Siliva Havili, Sam Camilleri & Richard Nassif plus I took a variety of pictures during the morning.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs pathways teams took on the Newcastle Knights today at Ironmark High Performance Centre, Redfern.
The Rabbitohs Harvey Norman Womens team went down 34-20 to the Knights. Seli Mailangi scored 2 tries for Souths while Monique Donovan and Moniqca Moale both scored 1 each. Akira Kelly kicked 3 goals.
Knights star player Jesse Southwell scored a try and kicked 5 goals and Caitlan Johnston scored a hat trick. Maybe she’s related to AJ!
Our Jersey Flegg boys got off to a great start, tries to Carson Kaho and Romano Cook saw them take a 10 nil lead into the sheds at half time.
The wheel well and truly fell off the wagon in the 2nd half when the Knights ran in 6 unanswered tries. Thomas Cant certainly can kick goals, slotting 6 from 6 to punish the Bunnies into a 36-10 loss.
Darren Brown and Grant Chappell were at the ground reporting for Rabbitohs TV. Browny performed the ground announcing for the womens game and both our boys were on the field to interview Rabbitoh #1179 Trent Peoples for the fans.
The Rabbitohs Knock On Effect NSW Cup team continued their winning ways making it 4 wins on the trot with a big 37-14 win over the Knights.
That victory moves the team up to 3rd on the ladder and will undoubtably give head coach Jason Demetriou something to ponder selection wise when he picks the 1st grade team to take on the Warriors next weekend in magic round.
Powerful winger Izaac Thompson is one man that has raised his hand to be considered for promotion after he scored 4 tries. Souths talented number 6 Jack Campagnolo chimed in with 2 tries and ‘Baby’ Davvy Moale backed up from 16 minutes on the field in the Broncos loss to score a meat pie of his own.
Dean Hawkins kicked 4 goals and Pete Mamouzelos showed his versatilty, knocking a field goal over in the 78th minute.
Next week all 3 teams have the bye then our womens team will have an extended break before they play the Bears at North Sydney Oval, Sunday 29th May at 12pm.
The Bunnies Jersey Flegg and NSW Cup teams both meet the Raiders at Redfern Saturday 21st May, Flegg at 12pm and Cup 2pm.
By Steve Mavin with thanks to Brontee Fulton, Grant Chappell & Darren Brown.
On Rabbitohs TV today we took an in depth look at the Rabbitohs 32-12 loss to the Broncos last night at Accor Stadium, Sydney. In our recap we give an honest evaluation of the performance of both teams in the Thursday night footy clash.
Many thanks to my co-host Darren Brown for his efforts last night at the game. Browny was a guest of former Rabbitoh Jimmy Smith on his SEN League pre game show (listen below).
Once his radio spot was done Browny took a range of photos of the team warming up pre game. This was the first time he had used our new Sony zoom lens from the grandstand and the images he captured are excellent.
Rugby league reporter Emma Lawrence loves her job. We know this because she told us yesterday in a chat with Grant Chappell at Redfern Oval on Rabbitohs TV.
Emma grew up in Campbelltown, Sydney where there was “a lot of sport and a lot of rugby league”. Explaining her background Emma told us “My brother played footy and so many of my family played footy…we lived and breathed rugby league.”
Emmas’ brother Chris Lawrence is a West Tigers legend who played 253 NRL games for the club.
Six of Emmas relatives played for the Rabbitohs, Jack Lawrence is first grade player number #100 with 63 appearances, 15 tries and 41 goals for the club between 1920-28. Victor Lawrence #116 played for Waterloo before going on to play 95 games and scored 47 tries also between 1920-28.
Both Jack and Victor Lawrence won multiple premierships for the Rabbitohs in 1925, 1926, 1927 and 1928, a golden era for the club.
“We actually supported the Bunnies growing up…my pop loved the Bunnies so we’d go to his place and he’d sit there with a beer and we’d watch the Rabbitohs every time…it’s pretty special to know that I’ve got a bit of a family history with the Rabbitohs.”
Emma Lawrence is a well respected rugby league presenter on Channel Nine and also on Triple M NRL, she does a great job and that is no suprise considering her family upbringing and rugby league connection.
Emma admitted to a few nerves when meeting George Piggins yesterday but did a nice job with the Souths icon for a segment on the 6pm news.
Emma “George is it pretty special to come back to Redfern?” George “I’ve done it since I was a kid in 1964.”