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Thomas Burgess has a groin strain and won’t play this Friday against the Eels but Hame Sele makes his return to the team.
The Bunnies take on the Eels in round 22 on Friday night in yet another important game for the clubs top 4 hopes.
Parramatta sit just one win ahead of Souths in 5th position on the NRL ladder but the team in blue and gold have a plus 54 point differential compared to our plus 108 so a win will see us leap frog them into 5th position and help our chances of an all important final 4 finish to the regular season.
Adding to the intrigue of this weekend are 2 other big clashes that could help our cause. The Panthers meet the 4th placed Storm on Thursday night and the Cowboys meet the Roosters, all top 8 clashes.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for round 22 against the Eels at CommBank Stadium to be played this Friday 12 August at 7:55pm.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Demetriou has named Hame Sele to return from injury in the front row with Daniel Suluka Fifita shifting to the extended interchange bench.
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg Cup teams will take on the Parramatta Eels in round 22. The NSW Cup game will be a curtain raiser to the NRL fixture at CommBank Stadium on Friday 12 August at 5:30pm, with the Jersey Flegg Cup match commencing at 3pm on Saturday 13 August at Ringrose Park.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Friday’s round 22 clash with the Eels is: 1) Latrell Mitchell 2) Alex Johnston 3) Jaxson Paulo 4) Isaiah Tass 5) Izaac Thompson 6) Cody Walker 7) Lachlan Ilias 8) Junior Tatola 9) Damien Cook 10) Hame Sele 11) Keaon Koloamatangi 12) Jai Arrow 13) Cameron Murray (c) Interchange: 14) Blake Taaffe 15) Mark Nicholls 16) Siliva Havili 17) Davvy Moale 18) Taane Milne 19) Dean Hawkins 20) Daniel Suluka Fifita 21) Shaquai Mitchell 22) Josh Mansour Head Coach – Jason Demetriou
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup squad for Friday’s match up with the Eels is: 1) Jacob Gagai (c) 2) Josh Mansour 3) Jake Tago 4) Richie Kennar 5) Cody Hodge 6) Jack Campagnolo 7) Dean Hawkins 8) Hugo Patterson 9) Peter Mamouzelos 10) Shaquai Mitchell 11) Maila Chanfoon 12) Ben Lovett 13) Trent Peoples Interchange: 14) Shannon Gardiner 15) Tyson Hodge 16) D’Arcy Hardman 17) Yileen Gordon 18) Tristan Alvarado Coach – Dane Dorahy
The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup squad for Saturday’s game against the Eels is: 1) Tyrone Munro 2) Wesley Bruines 3) Leon Te Hau 4) Lachoneus Paki 5) Deijion Leugaimafa 6) Dion Teaupa 7) Mitchell Chester 8) Thomas Giles (c) 9) Romano Cook 10) Isaiah Vailalo 11) Taine Woodford 12) Dranza Hawe-De-Thierry 13) Jaxson Rahme Interchange: 14) Keahlan Bray 15) TJ Toevai 16) Lachlan Gale 17) Cecil Lahood 18) Trent Griffiths 19) Josh Rizk 20) William Abou Arrage Coach – Leon Latulipe
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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.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for round 21 against the Warriors at Sunshine Coast Stadium to be played this Saturday 6 August at 3pm.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Demetriou has named Taane Milne in the centres to replace the injured Jed Cartwright. Blake Taaffe has been named on the interchange bench to replace the injured Kodi Nikorima.
Mark Nicholls returns from injury to replace the suspended Thomas Burgess.
NSW Cup try scoring machine Izaac Thompson has been named 18th man.
The Rabbitohs return to Sunshine Coast Stadium in 2022 for the fourth time since 2019 having won all three previous matches at the ground including two wins against this week’s opponents from New Zealand.
Tickets are available for pre-purchase from http://www.ticketek.com.au or at the gate on game day if not sold out prior. The Rabbitohs vs Warriors NRL match day is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council and Tourism and Events Queensland.
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg Cup teams will take on the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Saturday 6 August with the Jersey Flegg Cup game commencing at 3pm and the NSW Cup fixture at 12:40pm.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s round 21 clash with the Warriors is: 1) Latrell Mitchell 2) Alex Johnston 3) Taane Milne 4) Isaiah Tass 5) Jaxson Paulo 6) Cody Walker 7) Lachlan Ilias 8) Junior Tatola 9) Damien Cook 10) Daniel Suluka-Fifita 11) Keaon Koloamatangi 12) Jai Arrow 13) Cameron Murray (c) Interchange: 14) Blake Taaffe 15) Davvy Moale 16) Siliva Havili 17) Mark Nicholls 18) Izaac Thompson 19) Dean Hawkins 20) Richie Kennar 21) Shaquai Mitchell 22) Josh Mansour Head Coach – Jason Demetriou
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup squad for Saturday’s match up with the Raiders is: 1) Jacob Gagai (c) 2) Josh Mansour 3) Jake Tago 4) Richie Kennar 5) Cody Hodge 6) Jack Campagnolo 7) Dean Hawkins 8) Hugo Patterson 9) Shannon Gardiner 10) Shaquai Mitchell 11) Maila Chanfoon 12) Trent Peoples 13) James Hasson (c) Interchange: 14) Romano Cook 15) Tallis Duncan 16) Tyson Hodge 17) D’Arcy Hardman 18) Yileen Gordon 19) Nic Mougios Coach – Dane Dorahy
The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup squad for Saturday’s game against the Raiders is: 1) Tyrone Munro 2) Carson Kaho 3) Zane Bijorac 4) Wesley Bruines 5) Deijion Leugaimafa 6) Dion Teaupa 7) Mitchell Chester 8) Thomas Giles (c) 9) Keahlan Bray 10) Louis Grossemy 11) Taine Woodford 12) Cruise Tweedie 13) Jaxson Rahme Interchange: 14) Dylan Williams 15) Isaiah Vailalo 16) Lachlan Gale 17) Dranza Hawe-De-Thierry 18) Trent Griffiths 19) Joseph Nohra 20) Isaac Chapman Coach – Leon Latulipe
This story began with a single photograph taken by Darren Brown on the 2nd of July 2022 at Accor Stadium after the Rabbitohs had defeated the Eels 30-12 in round 16 of the NRL season.
Browny & I were hosting the Rabbitohs post match function in the P&O Members Deck and before each show begins we try to meet a few fans and take photos to share on our website and social media.
This is how we met cousins Rami – an Eels fan & Nidal – the Rabbitohs man.
Rami as we were to discover later is a businessman who created the successful restaurant franchise Rashays with his wife Shannon. Chef Nidal has been involved with the business from the beginning and now works as a consultant at head office in Chester Hill.
So I made an appointment and sat down with Rami & Nidal for a chat at Rashays head office in Chester Hill then on Sunday night I took my wife Samantha to Rashays Harbourside for dinner and a few drinks.
During our interview it became clear that both Rami & Ned love their footy and grew up with rugby league as a central them in their lives. Both played for the Enfield Federals and looked forward to training, playing and watching the greatest game of all every week.
The food, drinks and service at Rashays were all first class. The beef ribs were an absolute standout, the meat was so tender and just melted in your mouth. The desserts are excellent and the unlimited soft drink is a nice touch. Sam highly recommended the Mcquigan Black Label Shiraz.
After our first visit to Rashays we can see why they are so popular, serving Aussie favourite meals of the highest quality.
At work today when I mentioned the great dinner we enjoyed at Rashays, my workmate Nick Russell said “I’ve been to the Rashays at Tuggerah with my daughter and the food is sensational”.
Souths take on Cronulla on Saturday 5.30pm at Shark Park in a clash of two teams that are looking to secure a top 4 position in the run to the finals.
After 19 rounds of the competition the Sharks currently sit 3rd on the NRL ladder with 12 wins and a plus 107 points differential. The Rabbitohs are 6th with 11 wins and plus 71 points so this is a game the Bunnies really need to win to finish in the all important final 4.
A win will see us level on points with the Sharks and the 4th placed Broncos, a loss will open a 4 point gap that may be too hard too hard to bridge with a tough draw in the run home.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for Women in League round 20 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at PointsBet Stadium to be played this Saturday 30 July at 5:30pm.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Demetriou has made one change to the side that defeated the Melbourne Storm last Saturday night, that being naming Daniel Suluka-Fifita in the front row to replace the injured Mark Nicholls.
The Rabbitohs players will be wearing the Club’s Women in League jersey in this game against the Sharks, a replica of the Club’s Women’s jersey worn by the Rabbitohs Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership team in that competition.
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup team will play against Newtown at 3pm at Henson Park on Saturday 30 July and the Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup team will play the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at 3:15pm on Saturday 30 July at PointsBet Stadium as a curtain raiser to the NRL fixture.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s round 20 clash with the Sharks is: 1) Latrell Mitchell 2) Alex Johnston 3) Jed Cartwright 4) Isaiah Tass 5) Jaxson Paulo 6) Cody Walker 7) Lachlan Ilias 8) Junior Tatola 9) Damien Cook 10) Daniel Suluka-Fifita 11) Keaon Koloamatangi 12) Jai Arrow 13) Cameron Murray (c) Interchange: 14) Kodi Nikorima 15) Davvy Moale 16) Siliva Havili 17) Thomas Burgess 18) Blake Taaffe 19) Josh Mansour 20) Taane Milne 21) Zane Bijorac 22) Shaquai Mitchell Head Coach – Jason Demetriou
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup squad for Saturday’s match up with Newtown is:
1) Blake Taaffe 2) Josh Mansour 3) Jacob Gagai (c) 4) Richie Kennar 5) Izaac Thompson 6) Jack Campagnolo 7) Dean Hawkins 8) Hugo Patterson 9) Shannon Gardiner 10) Shaquai Mitchell 11) Taane Milne 12) Trent Peoples 13) James Hasson (c) Interchange: 14) Romano Cook 15) Tallis Duncan 16) D’Arcy Hardman 17) Tyson Hodge 18) Maila Chanfoon 19) Nic Mougios Coach – Dane Dorahy
The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup squad for Saturday’s game against the Sharks is: 1) Dion Teaupa 2) Carson Kaho 3) Zane Bijorac 4) Cruise Tweedie 5) Deijion Leugaimafa 6) Joseph Nohra 7) Mitchell Chester 8) Thomas Giles (c) 9) Keahlan Bray 10) Isaiah Vailalo 11) Taine Woodford 12) Louis Grossemy 13) Jaxson Rahme Interchange: 14) Isaac Chapman 15) TJ Toevai 16) Lachlan Gale 17) Dranza Hawe-De-Thierry 18) Trent Griffiths Coach – Leon Latulipe
The one word that comes to mind after that amazing win was quality. Quality effort in everything they did – quality in attack, quality in defence and a quality approach.
That would have to be one of the best wins of the season – our first win against the Storm since 2018. And it’s also our sixth win in seven games and another momentum builder as we approach the semi-finals and dare to dream.
Tonight’s win over Melbourne – their fourth loss in a row – was a statement. It sent a message to the other teams in the NRL that South Sydney playing at their best like they did tonight can beat anyone.
Within the first minute Nelson Asofa-Solomona tried to take Cam Murray’s head off and for a second I feared we were going to lose Cam then and there – a repeat of his Origin Game III misfortune. But thankfully he was OK and still on the field and he led by example. The Storm grub was put on report and from the resulting penalty Keaon Koloamatangi crossed out wide for our first try (and thanks SportsBet – I backed him as first tryscorer!!) with Latrell slotting the conversion.
Melbourne had a few opportunities on our line in the next section of the half but our defence held. The Storm was up to their usual tricks when they were defending – offside all night. I was out there, and it was blatant. And there was also their usual grubby wrestling and holding us down in the tackle that went ridiculously unpenalized. Cody Walker was rocked by a massive tackle from Olam that I felt up in the stand.
Souths had the upper hand for most of the half and our hard work was rewarded in the 27th minute when Alex Johnston flashed over in the corner. Is there a more exciting sight than seeing AJ score in the corner? It as much acrobatic as it is athletic the way he manages to plant that ball in the corner. Latrell missed the conversion, but we were still in control.
What was frustrating was how often the Storm were receiving relieving penalties coming out of their end. A luxury rarely afforded to Souths. In fact, he penalised Souths for the most minor things in the ruck. Yet Melbourne laid all over Souths players for so long we could have charged them rent.
Just as I was thinking we could put another try on them to extend our lead before halftime, Havili knocks on during a sloppy play the ball. In the next set Marion Seve slices straight through the middle and left Cody and Isiah Tass clutching at thin air before he scores under the posts. With the conversion they were right back in the game.
That 10-6 scoreline at halftime was not indicative of the game – Souths were by far the better side. Melbourne had made a lot of uncharacteristic errors in their own quarter, and this combined with Souths next-level effort had us well on top.
I was confident Souths could go on with this thanks to the huge games from Keaon and Jed Cartwright who was a revelation in the centres making great yards with the ball and providing solid defence out wide.
The second half started well. A crucial play was forcing a drop out in the 43rd minute. Latrell had successfully challenged a knock on and six tackles later it was his flick pass that put AJ over yet again in the corner.
One of the best moments in the match was a couple of minutes later when Cook ran from dummy half and made a half break before offloading inside to Keaon who then passed it to Ilias who did well to reach the line and stretch out to put the ball down beside the post to take us to 20-6 with Latrells conversion.
Melbourne wasn’t laying down, Souths were just making a better effort on every play. The Storm even managed two 40-20s but the South defence on their own line through the game was watertight – that was a telling factor that led to this great victory.
Paulo would find the line in the 55th minute to take the score out to 24-6 but there was plenty of game time left and we still couldn’t afford to take our foot off the gas.
Melbourne is one of those teams that can turn around a game as quickly as a street mugging. Not tonight. Storm did manage another converted try to bring them back to what would be the final 24-12 score. But you know what – that score flattered Melbourne – Latrell missed three goals and we could have had 30 points on the scoreboard.
What impressed me about Souths tonight was their intensity which they maintained for most of the game. They were always on their toes in defence and were more than willing to take the ball forward and commit to claw those hard yards especially coming out of our end.
They played this game like it was a semi-final – and that’s the level they need to maintain over the coming weeks if we want to live out this Cinderella story of making the Grand Final again. Souths made it loud and clear that they’ve got what it takes to win the big matches ahead of them.
It starts again next week when we take on the Sharks – another team that’s in our way as we chase premiership glory. Souths are hitting form at the right time of the year like a distance runner saving their best effort to overtake the others at the finish line. If Souths continue with this quality and with this effort, we’ll be going for gold. Let’s Go Rabbitohs!!!