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When Rabbitohs winger Alex Johnston scored his 143rd try last week against the Warriors it took him one step closer to becoming the clubs all time leading try scorer.
The incredibly talented Nathan Merritt holds the Rabbitohs record with 146 tries and the legendary Benny Wearing sits 2 tries behind him on 144.
Alex Johnston also known as AJ needs just 4 more tries to break the record and there’s a good chance he will do it this year in his 9th season at the club.
Merritt achieved his try total in 11 seasons at Souths (with a 2 year 8 try stint at the Sharks in between that we aren’t counting here).
When looking at Merritts total we must take into account that his career began in a struggling Souths team that had just been re admitted to the competition.
AJs career began in the glorious 2014 season when the Rabbitohs had become an NRL powerhouse. He made his debut against the Broncos at Lang Park alongside superstars Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess and of course scored a try. Try doubles in games 2 and 3 set AJ on the successful try scoring path that has continued every season since.
Wearings trys were scored in 13 seasons from 1921-1933, a golden era for the club in which we won 7 premierships.
Regardless of the circumstances of those that have come before him one thing is certain, Alex Johnston is a try scoring freak who knows his way to the tryline and is one of the best finishers in NRL history.
The all time NRL try scoring record is held by Ken Irvine with 212 tries. At the moment Alex Johnston sits equal 19th but a climb up higher on that ladder is inevitable for the flying Rabbitoh winger.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for round 11 against the Canberra Raiders at Apex Oval in Dubbo to be played this Sunday 22 May at 2pm.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Demetriou has named Trent Peoples in the second row, replacing the injured Jacob Host.
Hame Sele appears on the extended bench indicating he may not be far away. Mark Nicholls told us he is ahead of schedule and may be back in a few weeks time.
There will be two local league curtain raising events taking place at Apex Oval on Sunday with the Macquarie Raiders inclusive League Tag playing at 12:30pm and an under 16s match between St John’s and Wellington kicking off at 11:20am.
Gates will open at Apex Oval at 11am. Tickets are available now from http://www.123tix.com.au or at the gate on Sunday if not sold out prior.
The Rabbitohs vs Raiders NRL match day is proudly supported by Dubbo Regional Council and the Member for Dubbo, The Hon. Dugald Saunders MP.
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg Cup teams will both play home games against the Canberra Raiders at the Ironmark High Performance Centre at Redfern Oval on Saturday 21 May.
The NSW Cup team will play at 11:30am with the under 21s Jersey Flegg Cup scheduled to kick off at 1:30pm. The Harvey Norman NSW Premiership team has the bye.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Sunday’s round 11 clash with the Raiders 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) Trent Peoples 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) Richie Kennar 24) Hame Sele Head Coach – Jason Demetriou
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup squad for Saturday’s match up with the Raiders is: 1) Jacob Gagai 2) Josh Mansour 3) Isaiah Tass 4) Richie Kennar 5) Izaac Thompson 6) Jack Campagnolo 7) Dean Hawkins 8) Tyson Hodge 9) Peter Mamouzelos 10) Shaquai Mitchell 11) James Hasson (c) 12) Maila Chanfoon 13) Hugo Patterson Interchange: 14) Shannon Gardiner 15) Yileen Gordon 16) D’Arcy Hardman 17) Jake Tago 18) Nic Mougios 19) Tallis Angianga Coach – Dane Dorahy
The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup squad for Saturday’s game against the Raiders is: 1) Terrell Kalo Kalo 2) Carson Kaho 3) Leon Te Hau 4) Ryan Garner 5) Joshua Rizk 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) Ben Lovett 15) Dranza Hawe-De-Thierry 16) Trent Griffiths 17) Marco Moretti 18) Drey Mercy 19) Etu Laui 20) Penioni Tohi Coach – Leon Latulipe
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.