A Quality Rabbitohs Win

By Stephen Fenech from Tech Guide

Stephen Fenech & friends at Accor Stadium on Saturday.

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.

“I was confident Souths could go on with this thanks to the huge games from Keaon and Jed Cartwright”

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.

Stephen Fenech was at Accor Stadium on Saturday night.

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.

Game Highlights.

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!!!

Stephen Fenech from Tech Guide.
Sam Burgess Interview.

Souths Stop Storm – AJ 79 From 79 – Jed Stars – Rabbitohs 24 Melbourne 12

By Steve Mavin last night at Accor Stadium

The mighty Rabbitohs won their 4th game in a row last night at Accor Stadium when they defeated the Storm for just the 6th time in 24 years.

Grant Chappell interviewed Campbell Graham in the P&O Members Deck.

A crowd of around 11000 mostly Souths supporters were at the game and for the majority of the 80 minutes the home side dominated in both attack and defence.

The Brooks

Jed Cartwright was one of the Bunnies best in his new role as starting right centre. Halfback Lachy Ilias was tremenous and scored a brilliant try backing up on the inside of a clever Keaon Koloamatangi ball. Keaon too was at his barnstorming best scoring the opening try and leading his team with 181 run metres.

The Symonds.

An Alex Johnston double took his record at Accor Stadium to an incredible 79 tries from 79 games and he went very close to making it 80 after Latrell Mitchell kicked ahead in what would have been one of the tries of the season.

Latrell had a relatively quiet game by recent standards but still set up 2 tries that would ultimately be the margin of victory for his team. It is no coincidence that the Bunnies remain undefeated since ‘Trell Mit’ returned from injury. If we can keep this squad fit then bring back Campbell Graham before the finals a run at title number 22 is entirely possible.

Chaps, Samara & Cashy.

This was an important win for the club and moves them to 6th on the ladder on 24 points, 4 points clear of the 8th placed Roosters. Next week Souths take on the 3rd placed Sharks in another blockbuster clash 5.30pm away at Pointsbet Stadium.

NRL Game Highlights.
Glory glory in the P&O Members Deck last night.
The McDermotts
Gus & JJ
Brendan Tillitzki
Young fans sang with Charlie.
Souths members at our show last night.

“I follow the Bunnies with heart and passion” Karina Haase

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Karina Haase is a German lady who discovered the South Sydney Rabbitohs around 6 years ago after she saw some rugby footage online.

Karina Haase

Although rugby league is almost non existent in her country, Karina is a now a big fan on the Bunnies and her favourite players are Damien Cook, Cameron Murray and Latrell Mitchell.

Watch our chat with Karina from Germany.

Karina has never been to Australia but told us it is ‘a dream’ to one day make the trip from her home town of Lauchhammer near Berlin to the land down under so she can ‘experience a game live in the stadium and enjoy the atmosphere’.

Karinas comment on Rabbitohs Fan TV.

Karina subscribes to our Rabbitohs Fan TV YouTube channel and regularly live chats and comments on our videos. She also enjoys getting involved with our Instagram posts.

“I follow the Bunnies with heart and passion” Karina Haase

Most of the time when we see people interact with us from overseas it’s Aussie expats but that’s not the case with Karina, she is a sports fan that just found the mighty Rabbits and was hooked.

This isn’t the first time we’ve spoken to a foreign fan, regular viewers of our channel will remember our chat with Ryan McGee from the USA who also discovered the Bunnies and then became a fan of Rabbitohs Fan TV.

Our chat with Ryan from the USA.

Across Australia and around the globe the mighty Rabbitohs are the team that people love. SSTID.

By Steve Mavin

Rabbitohs Fan TV Training Gallery

Images from Wednesday at Redfern – Rabbitohs Junior Appreciation Round.

Captain Cam was all smiles today at Redfern.
Dean from Matto.
Cookie the Tiger.
Shaquai, Latrell & Matt Mitchell.
Darcy & Georde the Seagulls.
Watch our chat with AJ.👆🏻
Josiah Karapani.
A happy squad.
Taaffey the Tiger.
Hame the Colt.
Watch our chat with Keaon.👆🏻
AJ to Jaxson.
Cam is back!
Sutto from Kenso
Milo at Redfern today.
Sauce the Eagle
Benny the Spaceman
Lachy Ilias on the phone & camera.
Davvy the Wombat.
Jai the Bear.
Watch our chat with Cookie.👆🏻
TKK the Brumby.
DSF the Matto Tiger.
Pete the Maroubra Lion
Tass the Devil.
Dr Jimmy Lahhod.

Peter Mamouzelos worked with a trainer at Redfern today.
Keaon to Tom
Shaq & Trell.
Izaac the Colt.
Leichhardt Wanderer Lachlan Ilias
Darren Brown, Jim Lahood, Peter Lahood, Norm Lipson, Grant Chappell & Steve Mavin at Redfern today.

By Steve Mavin

Rabbitohs Fan TV 3rd Birthday Today!

We created our very first episode of Rabbitohs Radio Podcast on the 20th of July 2019 so today is our 3rd birthday.

The Rabbitohs Fan TV team – Darren Brown, Grant Chappell & Steve Mavin at Redfern today.

We’ve come a long way since that day and have enjoyed every minute. Our show has evolved from just a podcast to now include a YouTube channel – Rabbitohs Fan TV.

Rabbitohs Radio Episode 1

It was fitting that all three of us – Chaps, Browny and Mavo were at Redfern today watching the Rabbitohs prepare for the Storm clash, taking photos and conducting interviews with Cookie, Keaon & AJ.

Chaps chat with Cookie today.

We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us along the way and we look forward to many more birthdays to come!

The YouTube version of our first podcast on the 20th July 2019
2019 in the studio.

Team List Tuesday – Rabbitohs v Storm Triple Header – Cam & Cookie Are Back

Cookie is back!

The South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Melbourne Storm 7.35pm this Saturday the 23rd July at Accor Stadium in a triple header that will see the Jersey Flegg and NSW Cup play before the first grade.

Coach JD has named both Cameron Murray and Damien Cook to start. Jed Cartwright will play in the centres with Taane Milne left out of the squad.

Young star Davvy Moale has retained his spot in the 17 with Daniel Suluka-Fifita dropping to 18th man.

The Storm defeated the Rabbitohs 14-6 the first time the two teams met in 1998 and since then the Victorian juggernaut has dominated our club for 24 years with a 31-5 (86.11%) win record.

The last time Souths managed to defeat the men in purple was in 2018 at Accor Stadium and on the present form of both teams the Bunnies are a real chance of notching win number 6.

The Storm have lost 3 games in a row and adding to their misery was the season ending loss of star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen to a knee injury last week against the Raiders.

The Rabbitohs on the other hand have won their last 3 games and have improved to another level thanks to the return from injury of our immensely talented fullback Latrell Mitchell.

So while I believe it’s time to get one back on our southern nemesis, the Storm coached by Craig Bellamy and led by match winners like Cameron Munster and Harry Grant will still offer a monumental challenge.

Southern dominance – Alex Johnston celebrates his 2nd try but the Rabbitohs go down 27-14 to the Storm at ANZ Stadium on Friday the 16th of May 2014. Digital Image by Robb Cox

The Rabbitohs need to bring all the good elements of the previous 3 wins and rise to that next level.

A disciplined 80 minute performance is a must, a great start, a huge emphasis on defence, good completion and low error rate. If Souths can do this then play the explosive exciting footy we all love to see then the sky (and the Storm) is the limit.

Round 19 is the Rabbitohs’ Junior Appreciation Round, celebrating the future Rabbitohs playing and enjoying Rugby League in the South Sydney district. Our juniors MCs will host the day, highlighting the over 400 junior players taking part in the junior club march past and junior club relay in the pre-game entertainment.

Darrell Lea Dark Chocolate – Rich & Full Bodied

The Rabbitohs’ Kidzone will be buzzing on Saturday with kids able to collect their Reggie Rabbit Match Day Passport, test their passing skills at the Reggie Rabbit Pass-the-Ball board, make a poster or write a letter to their favourite Rabbitohs player, take part in a free indoor footy skills clinic and have fun colouring-in and doing puzzles at the Rabbitohs activity table.

Kids can also head to the concourse to have their face painted and to collect the stamps in their Reggie Rabbit Match Day Passport!

One of Australia’s up-and-coming rap groups, the Sydney Yungins, will be performing on stage at half time, performing two of their hit singles. The Sydney Yungins have over one million views on YouTube and 40 million streams on Spotify for the eight songs in their catalogue.

Saturday night will be a triple-header at Accor Stadium with the 7th placed Rabbitohs NSW Cup team playing 10th placed Mounties at 5:10pm and the last placed Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup team playing the 11th placed Victoria Thunderbolts at 3:30pm. Gates open at 3:15pm.

The 7th placed South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s round 19 clash with the 4th placed Storm 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) Mark Nicholls
11) Keaon Koloamatangi
12) Jai Arrow
13) Cameron Murray (c)
Interchange:
14) Kodi Nikorima
15) Davvy Moale
16) Siliva Havili
17) Thomas Burgess 18) Daniel Suluka-Fifita 19) Josh Mansour 20) Richie Kennar 21) Ben Lovett 22) Blake Taaffe
Head Coach – Jason Demetriou

Pin up Bunnies. 📸 Trevor Gillis

The Rabbitohs NSW Cup squad for Saturday’s match up with the Mounties 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) Ben Lovett
13) Trent Peoples
Interchange:
14) Romano Cook 15) Yileen Gordon 16) Tallis Duncan 17) D’Arcy Hardman 18) Tyson Hodge
Coach – Dane Dorahy

100% palm oil free.

The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup squad for Saturday’s game against the Thunderbolts is:
1) Terrell Kalo Kalo
2) Carson Kaho
3) Zane Bijorac
4) Leon Te Hau
5) Tyrone Munro
6) Joseph Nohra
7) Mitchell Chester
8) Thomas Giles (c)
9) Keahlan Bray
10) Isaiah Vailalo
11) Jaxson Rahme
12) Oscar Mezzomo
13) Trent Griffiths
Interchange:
14) Isaac Chapman
15) William Abou-Arrage
16) TJ Toevai
17) Taine Woodford
18) Cruise Tweedie
19) Dranza Hawe-De-Thierry
Coach – Leon Latulipe

By Steve Mavin

Latrell Mitchell Pushing Boundaries Part 1
Latrell Mitchell Pushing Boundaries Part 2

Latrell All Class – AJ Does It Again – Bunnies Beat Bulldogs 36-28 – Game Gallery

Latrell Mitchell was on fire last night in the Rabbitohs 36-28 victory over the Bulldogs at Accor Stadium. The Taree Ferrari scored a try and had a hand in 3 others as he dominated the Bulldogs and got the better of his battle with Blues Origin centre Matt Burton.

A special performance from Latrell Mitchell.
Half time live at Accor Stadium.

Try scoring freak Alex Johnston scored yet another hat trick on the ‘lethal left’ side and prop Junior Tatola continued his sparkling run of form with a barnstorming game that included a try and 21 runs for 231 metres gained.

Junior Tatola led from the front.

Halfback Lachlan Ilias opened the scoring with a brilliant individual try and Keaon Koloamatangi set up a Cody Walker four pointer with a lovely one handed offload after he busted a hole through the Dogs left edge defence.

The Bulldogs came to play and the Rabbitohs needed to dig deep and come from behind to record a great 7 tries to 5 win. Souths continue their run to the finals with a huge clash against the Storm next Saturday night at Accor Stadium.

Watch our game recap here.
Rabbitohs fans at Accor Stadium
NSW Cup forward Darcy Hardman came off the bench in a 20-10 loss against the Bulldogs.

By Steve Mavin

Fan Day Gallery – Rabbitohs v Bulldogs Captains Run

Grant Chappell was at Redfern today for the captains run and was the only media in attendance taking photos, shooting footage and doing interviews.

Grant Chappell & Barry Chennal
Chaps Rabbitohs Fan TV exclusive.

Chaps reported that captain Cameron Murray was out there training with the team this morning despite the fact that coaches had given him the day off to rest.

Blake Solly, Mark Ellison & Brock Schaefer
The Gales
Blake Taaffe signs a jersey for a fan.
Charlie & Latrell

By Steve Mavin & Grant Chappell

“You Rabbits Are Everywhere”

This magnificent Rabbitohs motorhome was spotted by a Parramatta fan in Saint George, Queensland.

Travelling in style. Image – Trevor Hansen

Eels supporter Trevor Hansen just had to take a couple of pictures and send them to his brother Russel who is a diehard Souths man that often helps us out with our show.

A magic motorhome. Image – Trevor Hansen

Russel Hansen then shared the images with Rabbitohs Fan TV and said “My brother Trevor sent me these photos yesterday from Western Qld – St George
(Where my niece/his daughter teaches)
His comment, as a rusted on Parra member
“You Rabbits are everywhere!!”

Yes Trevor we are and we love that an Eel found a Rabbit in a Dragon town in Maroon territory! Glory Glory!!

By Steve Mavin, Trevor & Russel Hansen

Russel Hansen & Rob Bush at Redfern in 2021.

AJ & The Goat Return – Team List Tuesday – Rabbitohs v Bulldogs

Team List Tuesday

Both Mark Nicholls and Alex Johnston were on the field at Ironmark High Performance Centre, Redfern this morning and will return to the team to take on the Bulldogs this Sunday 6.15pm at Accor Stadium.

Watch our TLT show here.

Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Demetriou has named all three of the Club’s State of Origin representatives in captain Cameron Murray, Damien Cook and Jai Arrow to play on Sunday.

Trell & JD at Redfern today.

The Rabbitohs and Bulldogs will be playing for the Mortimer-McCarthy Cup, celebrating the careers of Rabbitohs legend Bob McCarthy and the Bulldogs’ famous Mortimer brothers. Funds will be raised for Men of League at this event.

The team together.

The Rabbitohs NSW Cup team will play against the Bulldogs as a curtain raiser to the NRL fixture at Accor Stadium on Sunday 17 July at 4pm. The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup team will play the Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday 16 July at 12pm.

Izaac Thompson, Junior Tatola & Davvy Moale at Redfern today.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Sunday’s round 18 clash with the Bulldogs 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) Mark Nicholls
11) Keaon Koloamatangi
12) Jai Arrow
13) Cameron Murray (c)
Interchange:
14) Kodi Nikorima
15) Jed Cartwright
16) Siliva Havili
17) Thomas Burgess 18) Daniel Suluka-Fifita 19) Richie Kennar
20) Davvy Moale 21) Shaquai Mitchell 22) Blake Taaffe
23) Ben Lovett
Head Coach – Jason Demetriou