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It’s Thursday the 16th of September 2021 & there’s 3 huge online events occurring today. Thanks to the beauty of technology you can take part in 1, 2 or all 3!
The first live event is a special edition of our weekly ‘Suttos Say’ segment.
This afternoon from 3.30pm will be the first live edition of Suttos Say allowing you to interact with our 2014 Grand Final winning captain.
Prize winner Keiran Macklin will be joining us too after he subscribed by email to our website & was drawn out at random on our ‘Team List Tuesday’ show.
During the show today in the live chat section you can show your appreciation & make your comment stand out by purchasing YouTube’s Super Chat & Super Stickers. Prices start at $2 & range up to $50 or more. This is a good way to help out the team at Rabbitohs TV and an even better way to interact with us.
We give everyone a live shoutout that sends us a Super Chat or Super Sticker on the show & today you can ask John Sutton a question that he will respond to using this new feature.
Click HERE to visit Rabbitohs TV & join us from 3.30pm.
Events 2 & 3 both take place at the same time but this won’t prevent you from taking part in both simultaneously, here’s why.
Adam Reynolds home auction brought to you by NG Farah Real Estate is taking place via Zoom from 6.30pm & The Juniors Jumbo Online Raffle is also on at 6.30pm. Tickets for the online raffle can be pre purchased with no need to actually watch the live draw so this will allow you to get involved with both events at the same time.
We promoted the sale of our departing club captains home this week in an article comparing it to Graceland, the famous dwelling of the one & only Elvis. This is a rare opportunity for a Souths fans to buy & live in the home of a Rabbitohs legend.
Last Saturday on the day the Rabbitohs defeated the Dragons 20-16 at the Sunshine Coast Stadium we surged past 1k total subscribers, a milestone that we are ecstatic to have achieved.
YouTube is an American online video sharing and social media platform owned by Google. It was launched in February 2005 by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim. It is the second most visited website, with more than one billion monthly users who collectively watch more than one billion hours of videos each day. As of May 2019, videos were being uploaded at a rate of more than 500 hours of content per minute.
Number 10 | Damien Cook gives his jersey to Noela Cini
Browny says “I was at this game and saw this gesture happen live. It just shows you that Damien Cook is all class and how much the fans mean to him. Well done Cookie.”
Mavo says “I know the Cini family well, they are the best & this presentation to Noela by Cookie is a moment they will never forget.”
This video is what YouTube now call a ‘Short’ with a red S symbol on the bottom right corner. A Short is a video shot with the phone or camera in the upright portrait position. The format is commonly used by TikTok, Instagram story & Snapchat.
The preferred method for YouTube videos is when they are shot in landscape so that the screen appears like it would on TV or in the cinema.
Number 9 | “I’ve been playing fullback my whole life…I’m ready for the challenge.” Blake Taaffe
Blake did exceptionally well in his first appearance before the media.
Chaps says – “Rookie fullback Blake Taaffe who is filling in for the injured Latrell Mitchell, handled his 1st press conference like a seasoned veteran, answering questions from the media with a smile and a quiet air of confidence.”
“When quizzed by a journalist if Nathan Cleary would target him Blake replied that he had played fullback his whole life & if Cleary targeted him he’d be up for the challenge.”
“It’s the sort of response you expect from a Wayne Bennett coached player.”
Browny says – “Taaffe has a big future & has handled everything that’s been thrown at him so far. The kid plays with high energy, he’s got skill and is as tough as nails.”
Mavo says “I know Blakes’ dad Darren & uncle Brad plus my wife grew up with Blakes mum Dorothy & Darren so I am biased when it comes to young Blake.”
“I would really love to see him succeed in the NRL & show everyone what he can do.”
Browny says – “I found Tallis to be a very respectful and polite young kid. A country boy who loves his footy. Looking forward to watching Tallis progress through the Rabbitohs system.”
Mavo says “Tallis works at my gym in Zetland so I chat to him whenever we cross paths. I also get to watch him up close on the field when I shoot footage of the pathways games. He’s a tough kid & doesn’t mind ripping right in out there on the field.”
Number 7 | All In Brawl, Head Butt & A Try On The Bell | Rabbitohs v Roosters 1988
Mavo says – “Back when I was playing a lot of the games weren’t televised so the only footage was the coaches file tape with no sound shot by one camera from the grandstand.”
“If there was a game that I played ok in George Piggins would give me the VHS tape to keep. Over the years I converted these tapes to DVD then into digital files & to add some interest I’ve narrated a few like the one below.”
Browny says – “Always loved playing against the Roosters and knowing there was going to be a stink.”
“Those games were always full of spite and more often than not we got the win and also won the fight!”
Chaps says – “Any day we beat the ‘Evil Empire’ is a good day.”
Number 6 | Jersey Flegg Relay Final 1986
Mavo says “I used to love racing in the school carnivals & the sprints were my favourite because once I got going I could usually motor home to the finish.”
“In this Flegg relay at the S.C.G. we didn’t get the best start & although I had a rails run we just missed out.”
Browny says – “I remember Mavo as a kid was big, fast and powerful. He was a forward and was as fast as any back in the club.”
“Then he moved to the backs and was a swan diving, try scoring machine. Loved playing with Mavo.”
Les ‘Bundy’ Davidson Can Row
Browny says – “I came into grade as young 18 year old and Bundy taught me how to play tough. He also showed me how to train tough. He once told me you can have all the skill in the world but if you’re not prepared to put in the hard yards off the field you won’t last long.”
“Those words stuck in my head and from that day I trained my ass off and I was rewarded by having a long career in the top grade.”
Mavo says “Bundy is a champion bloke & his sons Reece & Trace are fantastic guys too.”
Number 4 | The 1989 Rabbitohs Have Lunch With George Piggins At The Juniors
Browny says – “What an awesome day. It was a surprise for George and I remember him getting emotional when he saw us all there.”
“We fell short of winning the premiership in 1989 but that moment and being present when George got emotional was worth more than a premiership.”
Mavo says – “We shot some nice footage for this one, it was great to see George happy & also the cameo appearances by the great Bobby Ginman was a highlight.”
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for their Qualifying Final against the Penrith Panthers to be played this Saturday 11 September at 7:50pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Wayne Bennett has made nine changes to the Rabbitohs’ top 17 that defeated the Dragons in the final round of the regular season last weekend.
Jaydn Su’A will play his 50th NRL game in South Sydney colours this Saturday night having made his club debut against the Sea Eagles in round 17, 2019.
Keaon Koloamatangi makes a welcome return from suspension to the 2nd row, Blake Taaffe keeps the fullback spot & Jaxson Paulo retains the right wing position.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s clash with the Panthers is: 1 Blake Taaffe 2 Alex Johnston 3 Dane Gagai 4 Campbell Graham 5 Jaxson Paulo 6 Cody Walker 7 Adam Reynolds (c) 8 Mark Nicholls 9 Damien Cook 10 Junior Tatola 11 Keaon Koloamatangi 12 Jaydn Su’A 13 Cameron Murray Interchange: 14 Benji Marshall 15 Jacob Host 16 Thomas Burgess 17 Jai Arrow 18 Jed Cartwright 19 Braidon Burns 20 Lachlan Ilias 21 Patrick Mago Head Coach – Wayne Bennett
“Good team, mobile forwards.” Grant Chappell
“I like Su’A he’s aggressive in defence, put some hits on. Our defence will win this game.” Darren Brown
Our spine is the key here, if Cookie, Reyno, Cody & Taaffy have big games we win.” Steve Mavin
It’s Father’s Day tomorrow & this 55 year old image of the 1966 Jersey Flegg Premiers features Les Brown, father of Darren from Rabbitohs Radio. Another young player pictured is Frank Curry (father of Ben & Luke) who both played for (#580) & coached the Rabbitohs.
We’ll be presenting a Father’s Day special tomorrow with a recap of the Dragons clash, interviews with Les Brown, Reg Chappell & Dick Mavin, our Remembering A Rabbitoh is league legend Harry Wells & we preview our massive finals week one showdown with the Panthers.
One other reason we present this photo is that 4 members of our victorious 2019 Jersey Flegg team will be playing tonight, Jaxson Paulo, Blake Taaffe, Lachlan Ilias & Peter Mamouzelos. Good luck boys & up the mighty Rabbitohs.
In todays Rabbitohs Zoom press confernce Wayne Bennett confirmed that the team will be 1-17 as named.
Coach Bennett told us that he was pleased that he’s been able to rest a lot of his starting side & provide an opportunity for some of the rest of the squad to gain some valuable game time.
When asked about the fitness of Adam Reynolds, Wayne with tongue firmly in cheek said “If he was a horse we’d spell him”, he then continued “The miracle recoveries he’s made before I’ve got no doubt he’ll be out there next week even if it’s in crutches”.
It was vintage Wayne Bennett today –
“It’s only a distraction if you let it be.”
“If I start listening to the critics it won’t be long before I’m sitting with them.”
“Mark Nicholls is one of the guys you love coaching.”
The morning after putting 50 on the Roosters is usually a cause for celebration because a Rabbitohs win plus a Chooks loss always equals a great weekend. Especially when both those results happen in the same match.
Today however feels more like a wake because Latrell Mitchell has been charged with a grade two reckless high tackle charge. The base penalty is 500 points however with loading from four previous non-similar offences in the last two years, Mitchell will be suspended for six matches (675 points) with an early guilty plea, or he could miss nine matches (900 points) if he chooses to fight the charge at the judiciary and loses.
Friday night football was humming along nicely for the Bunnies, they were scoring great tries & defending like demons until Joey Manu made a break on the right side of the field & collided with the Taree Ferrari.
No one wants to see a player seriously injured like that & I hope Joey is ok. As much as I love to hate the Roosters I do admire Manu as a player, he’s a champion footballer & I wish he played for us & not them.
This Latrell incident will be examined forensically for the rest of the season but for what it’s worth I don’t believe Latrell intended to harm his former teammate Joey like he did.
Rugby league is a collision sport & unfortunately serious injuries like this happen. Personally I prefer a fullback that puts his body on the line like his life depends on it to save a try rather that just making a half hearted attempt to halt the oppositions advances.
I asked my Rabbitoh Radio co host Grant ‘Chaps’ Chappell for his thoughts & he said he agrees with Gus Gould & Joey Johns opinions that there was no intent.
“I’ve looked at it frame by frame & Joeys head drops about a foot & the contact was a result of that. There were mitigating circumstances so if it can’t be proven Latrell had intent the Rabbitohs might get him back this year.”
“If it goes the other way then Latrell Mitchells’ season will be over”.
Forever the optimist Chaps continued…
“I still believe we can beat Penrith in week 1 of the finals. Blake Taaffe is ready to fill the void & may even cover the ground & field the bombs better that Latrell could.”
We interviewed Blake Taaffe on Rabbitohs Radio & he told us that he grew up playing fullback. This is his preferred position & during his brief appearances in the top grade this year we did see evidence that he can handle the role & even excel.
The bottom line is that Latrell Mitchells’ shoulder came into heavy contact with Joey Manus’ face, sending him to hospital with a shattered cheek & ending his season.
Due to the fact Latrell has already found himself suspended this year even if an appeal is successful I doubt the judiciary will decide any form of penalty that will save Latrells’ season.
I also spoke to my other co host Darren Brown & his thoughts were..
“1st and foremost I don’t agree with the incident that occurred on Manu and I feel for him and understand his frustrations.
Latrell definitely plays the game with aggression and on the edge, something you want from your players and teammates.
When you play like that plus the speed of the game there is no room for error and on occasions you will find yourself in strife with the officials and the judiciary.
Last night’s incident was a perfect example, a tackle that went wrong in many ways.
I’m all for the new rules and penalties regarding contact to the head and the NRL have certainly come along way from the day’s when that tackle wouldn’t have even warranted a penalty.
In my opinion I don’t think Latrell went into the game to intentionally hurt Manu, however the rule states if you come into contact with the head of a player whether it be intentional or not you will be penalised and Latrell will definitely pay the price for the incident.
I’m sure Latrell isn’t happy with the actions that happened however he’ll be back bigger and better.
He isn’t the 1st player to miss big games due to suspension and he certainly won’t be the last.
I’ll be looking forward to when Latrell Mitchell dons the red and green again.”
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will march on into the finals. Once that happens anything can happen perhaps even premiership number 22!
By Steve Mavin
In other news Liam Knight & Dane Gagai also been charged.
Knight has been charged with a grade three dangerous contact – other charge which has a base penalty of 300 points. However, loading from one previous non-similar offence in the last two years will see Knight being suspended for two matches (270 points) with an early guilty plea, or he could miss three matches (360 points) if he opts to fight the charge at the judiciary and loses.
Gagai has been charged with a grade one contrary conduct charge. The base penalty for this type of charge is a $1500 fine however with loading from two previous non-similar offences in the last two years, Gagai will be fined $1600 with an early guilty plea, or he will be fined $2100 if he chooses to fight the charge at the judiciary and loses.