Panthers Illegal Blocks – Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett made some valid points in today’s press conference.

Wayne Bennett has asked the NRL to look at the Panthers illegally blocking the Rabbitohs kick pressure.

Bennett says it happened last time the Rabbitohs met the Panthers & occurred 3 times in the 2nd half without penalty. Bennett said that he has heard the Panthers train & practice this blocking tactic but he expects the Panthers to be penalised accordingly if & when it occurs again.

The explosive press conference

Bennett said that the Panthers run blocks & they run them on a consistent basis & asked that both teams be officiated fairly.

Wayne also said that the Rabbitohs will be 1-17 & Blake Taaffe will be playing fullback.


Today was the very first time we went live on YouTube via Zoom.

It’s a milestone for our Rabbitohs TV channel that is worth celebrating & we want to thank everyone who has helped us along the way.

Our first live YouTube show

This Sunday we plan on going live again so stay tuned.

Work on the new home of the South Sydney Rabbitohs has begun!

Today Grant Chappell paid a visit to the Heffron Park site where work has begun on the South Sydney Rabbitohs new home.

Watch Chaps report on Rabbitohs TV

The Maroubra Burrow

We’ll keep you updated as work progresses right here on our website.

A VIEW FROM THE STANDS – Rabbitohs v Panthers Finals Week 1, 2021

Another year & another top 4 finish for the Rabbitohs which is quite a nice thing to say after the club spent so long in the wilderness.

Even more satisfying for me was that I won my bet I have every year with my mate the Roosters fan Con Parris.

Our long-standing wager is the team that finishes highest on the ladder out of the Bunnies & the Evil Empire wins a box of beer for the victor at the others expense.

I don’t remember the last time I collected & even in 2014 when we won the competition, I still had to cough up a slab because the latte sippers finished higher than us on the ladder. That was tough.

Last week the Dragons were terrible for the majority of the game & we saw a couple of youngsters put in eye catching performances in Pete Mamouzelos & Lachy Ilias who scored a try on debut. I thought Davvy Moale did well too & when you consider that he’s only 18 years old the future looks bright for our emerging talent.

We all know the story that the Rabbitohs have fallen at the last hurdle in 3 consecutive preliminary finals & this year missing one of our best players in Latrell doesn’t leave me filled with a whole lot of confidence that it won’t happen again.

Even at full strength the Bunnies were up against it. The Storm put 50 on us earlier in the year & the team they’ve picked this week has Harry Grant, Nicho Hynes & Nelson Asofa-Solomona on the bench!

The Panthers have beaten us twice & one of those was also a 50-point hammering.

In good news those last few points I made will be the last of the negativity that you will have to endure in this article.

I co-host Rabbitohs Radio & bleed red & green so let’s get to the good stuff.

We played sensational footy for the first 30 minutes to lead 12 nil against the Panthers in round 23 at Suncorp. We went on to concede 25 unanswered points but that was assisted by some nauseating officiating.

Points tend to flow on the back of an 11-2 penalty count so on an even playing field I believe we can beat them this time around up in Townsville.

Our bench is almost as impressive as the Storms & looks equally as good as the Panthers if not better.

The Panthers do have Tevita Pangai Junior & Liam Martin sitting on the pine but we have Jai Arrow, Benji, Jacob Host & big Tommy as our super subs.

The key to victory I believe lies in our spine & in particular in the hands of Cody Walker. We need him to rise to the occasion on the big stage & produce the type of playmaking that saw him set up a 1000 tries this year.


We need Cody to lead us all the way to the gf & take care of some unfinished business in the big games.

Captain Reyno has been tremendous all year, the way he digs into the line & straightens our attack is so valuable. It’s a big reason that our lethal left side punishes defences & allows AJ to score with ridiculous ease. We need to see that through the finals & Adams’ magical kicking game has to be at it’s very best to put pressure on the opposition & give us the vital field position required for our star backline to shine.

We definitely need Cookie to give his usual great service from dummy half but it’s vital that he runs the ball & keeps the big Panthers pack honest around the ruck.

If Damien can bust out a few of his darting bursts that we love so much then the flow on effect from that equates to more space on the edges for our attack.

Rookie Blake Taaffe played well last week & although there were a couple of forgettable moments he brings the ball back efficiently, can make a break & has the ability to set up tries like he’s done twice already in the limited game time he’s had.

We’ve interviewed Blake on our podcast, I know his dad Darren & uncle Brad so I am perhaps a bit biased but I really hope this kid can find some space out there on Saturday night & explode through a few holes to show everyone what he’s capable of. Blake has plenty of ability so don’t be surprised if you see him do some handy work for this team.

We need to have great line speed in defence to put pressure on Jarome Luai & especially Nathan Cleary. If we allow their Origin halfback to keep putting up those eye watering bombs it won’t end well & then we have to take care of & field the ones he does get up & away.

A huge defensive effort is essential against a team featuring metre monster Brian To’o, Crichton, Burton, Kikau etc.

Look for big games from our back three, Cameron, Keaon & Jaydn. Cameron will work himself to a standstill & take the line on. Keaon keeps getting better & is a post contact metre beast. Look out for more big shots from Jaydn like the one he put on Fletcher Baker 2 weeks ago.

Let’s roll up the sleeves rip in, go out there & give it to these blokes. Let them know that the mighty Rabbitohs are in town.

The final pieces of the puzzle are the two bookends Junior & the Goat. Junior keeps producing up front & Nico has to be one of the most improved players I’ve ever seen.

Win the battle in the middle, complete at a high rate, have a good kicking game & let the backs finish them off.

If we do that then I’m confident we can win in that magnificent new Townsville stadium that we can’t attend anytime soon.

If we do get rolled then the next test will be an elimination game with either the beatable Eels or a Knights team that limped into the finals.

A fourth shot at a prelim is entirely possible & if Souths can get past that stage who knows what might happen, maybe even number 22.

Souths by 4

By Steve Mavin

The Rabbitohs Mental Health Phoneline –

0466 045 195

The South Sydney Rabbitohs Wellbeing Department would like to inform you of a brand-new service we are providing:



We are privileged to have our Mental Health Ambassador Jed Cartwright, as the face of our phoneline.

We will be offering a comprehensive service for our South Sydney Rabbitohs and extended family i.e. your junior clubs.

We are a Wellbeing Hub for the Rabbitohs. If anyone is experiencing emotional distress and needs to talk to someone, is feeling suicidal, needs assistance to find relative mental health services, needs support or advice, worried about someone, needs to negate a Mental Health plan or Information for family and carers. Please contact us for a confidential conversation with an empathetic trained mental health person.

We are here to listen without judgement.

Anyone who contacts the Mental Health Phoneline will go through a triage process and must be over the age of 18 or have a parent or guardian present with them.

Don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.

The Rabbitohs Mental Health Phoneline

0466 045 195

Jan EarlHead of Wellbeing – South Sydney Rabbitohs


Attention the NRL, NSWRL & all the other rugby league clubs & associations across Australia – Once the crowds return please bring back the player running races & team relays before games & at half-time because the fans love watching them.

Who doesn’t love a running race?
The Bunnies nearly got home in this one!


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.

Chaps breaks down this weeks team

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
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

Rabbitohs v Panthers Match Centre

Remembering A Rabbitoh – Harry Wells…A Rugby League Legend

On the show this week we featured Harry Wells, a man that only played six games for the Rabbitohs but one of those was the 1951 grand final win over Manly. Harry then moved on to produce a brilliant career in rugby league.

Below is our Rabbitohs TV segment & a selection of content from various websites about the great man.

Harry Wells

Son and grandson of boxers “Dealer” Wills. A Melbourne newspaper misspelt his grandfathers name as boxer “Dealer” Wells, and it remained that way in the papers.

Harry says, “I had a talent scout take me to South Sydney at 18 – in 1951 – he knew my father as ‘Dealer’ Wells, so he introduced me to the club with that name, but I put my name down as Harry Wills for the trials. They sent me off to the grandstand to wait until my name was called and after about two or three games I was asked when I was playing. My recruiter went and asked ‘when does young Harry Wells play?’ And they looked up the names and said there’s no Harry Wells. He looked at the book and said you’ve got his name wrong its Harry Wells not Harry Wills – and from then on that was how it was.”

Harry had been selected for New South Wales on the bench after a few good performances mid year while Graves and Woolfe were on representative duties, but returned to reserve grade upon their return. On the eve of the Grand Final Harry was called back into the 1951 Grand Final team after Cliff Smailles dislocated his elbow late in the season. Playing in his only Grand Final winning team.

Harry went to represent Australia after leaving Souths and was named in the 100 ARL Rugby League players of the century. SSR Almanac

Harry Wells (real name Wills) came from a long line of boxers (both his father and grandfather fought under the name ‘Dealer’ Wills) and brought many of the ring’s attributes to his league career.

A robust, weaving centre, Wells came from Wollongong to play for Souths in 1951, winning the premiership in his first season in Sydney, before returning home. In 1952 he represented NSW and toured with the Kangaroos, where he made the first of 22 Test appearances. Wells played against NZ (1953 and 1959), Great Britain (1954 and 1958), France (1955 and 1960), in three World Cup campaigns (1954, 1957 and 1960) and a second Kangaroo tour (1959-60).

In the latter part of his career, he formed a great partnership with a young Reg Gasnier, and the pair played in 12 Test matches together. In 1956 Wells came to Wests as part of the club’s premiership build-up but the Magpies lost the grand final to St George, 20-9. Wells played out the remainder of his career in the country and made one last appearance against Great Britain while playing for Monaro in 1966.
– ALAN WHITICKER Rugby League Project

Australian rugby league has produced few centres to match Harry Wells, and few greater centre pairings than the partnership of Wells and Reg Gasnier. Wells came from Wollongong in 1951 to try his luck with Souths, and immediately struck gold when he was in the grand-final team that destroyed Manly 42–14.

But it was a brief sojourn and he then headed back down the coast.

He was still based in the Illawarra when he won selection in the 1952–53 Kangaroos, making the first of his 21 Test appearances at Headingley, in the opening Test of the series.

In the third Test against Great Britain in 1954, Wells was a dominating figure. He scored the try that sent the Australians on their way to the Ashes.

Renowned for his ability to break the line, Wells was an immensely popular footballer.

He came back to Sydney in 1956 to join Wests at the beginning of the ”Magpies millionaires” phase, and stayed six seasons with the Magpies, appearing in 85 games and scoring 33 tries.

He played in three World Cups and made a second Kangaroo tour in 1959–60.

His career in big-time football ended in 1961, but he headed on and on in bush football, finally finishing up in Port Macquarie in 1972, at age 40. National Rugby League Hall of Fame

Random Rabbitohs

Today we present these images from the Rabbitohs Radio archives with first grade player numbers & links to their SSR Almanac profiles.

The pictures were taken around 1987-1990 in Papua New Guinea, England, California & Sydney.

Jeff Pope (Presidents Cup) & Manoa Thompson #779
Disneyland 1988

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