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A successful weekend for the Rabbitohs with the first grade defeating the Titans and 2 of our 3 pathways teams securing wins.
Another Alex Johnston hat trick was a feature of our NRL teams victory at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
On Thursday 16th June 7.50pm at WIN Stadium Wollongong the 7th placed Rabbitohs take on the 10th placed Dragons .
Earlier on Saturday in Wollongong our Jersey Flegg boys got away to a great start scoring the first two tries before the Dragons raced away to a 32-12 win.
Next Sunday 19th June 12pm at 4 Pines Park, Brookvale the 12th placed Rabbitohs take on the 11th placed Manly Sea Eagles.
KNOCK ON EFFECT NSW CUP
Following the Flegg game in Wollongong the Bunnies NSW Cup team played some super footy on the way to a 26-10 win over the Dragons. The men in red and green began beautifully scoring four unanswered tries to put the Red V to the sword.
The 8th placed South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the 15th placed Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium, Queensland on Saturday the 11th of June at 3pm.
The Bunnies had the bye last week while the Titans were defeated at home 32-6 by the Cowboys. In that game the Titans scored the opening try of the game only to allow 6 unanswered tries to the resurgent North Queenslanders who now sit 3rd on the ladder.
Latrell Mitchell is unavailable for selection due to having contracted Covid-19.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for round 14 against the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium to be played this Saturday 11 June at 3pm.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Demetriou has named State of Origin representatives Cameron Murray, Damien Cook and Jai Arrow in his starting line-up for this match.
Rabbitohs front rower Thomas Burgess will play his 200th NRL game this Saturday night, all of which have been in the red and green of South Sydney, since making his debut against the Parramatta Eels in round 15, 2013.
Burgess will become just the seventh player in South Sydney’s 114-year history to have played 200 or more first grade games for the Club, with only John Sutton (336), Adam Reynolds (231), Nathan Merritt (218), Bob McCarthy (211), Craig Coleman (208) and Eric Simms (206) having achieved this feat before him.
Second rower Keaon Koloamatangi will also play his 50th NRL game against the Titans, all of which have been for the Rabbitohs, since making his NRL debut against the Melbourne Storm in round four, 2020.
Peter Mamouzelos has been promoted to the bench at the expense of Blake Taaffe.
The Rabbitohs will wear black arm bands on Saturday in memory of Robert ‘Rocky’ Laurie who passed away recently. Mr Laurie is the only Rabbitohs player to have won the Dally M award as the season’s best and fairest player and was the first player to win the award when it was presented back in 1980.
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg Cup teams will both play round 14 games against the St George Illawarra Dragons at Collegians Sporting Complex in Wollongong on Saturday 11 June with the NSW Cup team playing at 1pm and Jersey Flegg Cup team at 11:15am.
The NSW Women’s Premiership team will play the Wentworthville Magpies on Monday 13 June at 7pm at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence in round seven.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s round 14 clash with the Titans is: 1) Kodi Nikorima 2) Alex Johnston 3) Taane Milne 4) Campbell Graham 5) Jaxson Paulo 6) Cody Walker 7) Lachlan Ilias 8) Junior Tatola 9) Damien Cook 10) Thomas Burgess 11) Keaon Koloamatangi 12) Jai Arrow 13) Cameron Murray (c) Interchange: 14) Peter Mamouzelos 15) Mark Nicholls 16) Siliva Havili 17) Hame Sele 18) Blake Taaffe 19) Isaiah Tass 20) Liam Knight 21) Ben Lovett 22) Dean Hawkins Head Coach – Jason Demetriou
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup squad for Saturday’s match up with the Dragons is: 1) Jacob Gagai 2) Josh Mansour 3) Izaac Thompson 4) Richie Kennar 5) Nic Mougios 6) Jack Campagnolo 7) Shannon Gardiner 8) Davvy Moale 9) Romano Cook 10) Shaquai Mitchell 11) Jed Cartwright 12) Trent Peoples 13) James Hasson (c) Interchange: 14) Cody Hodge 15) Yileen Gordon 16) Hugo Patterson 17) Tyson Hodge 18) Tallis Angianga Coach – Dane Dorahy
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) Wesley Bruines 5) Tyrone Munro 6) Dion Teaupa 7) Mitchell Chester 8) Thomas Giles (c) 9) Keahlan Bray 10) Lachlan Gale 11) Benn Campagnolo 12) Louis Grossemy 13) Tallis Duncan Interchange: 14) Penioni Tohi 15) Isaiah Vailalo 16) Trent Griffiths 17) Dranza Hawe-De-Thierry 18) Joshua Rizk 19) Ryan Garner
Coach – Leon Latulipe
The Rabbitohs Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership side to play Wentworthville on Monday is: 1) Patricia Raikadroka 2) Rikka Lamb 3) Monique Donovan 4) Brittany Constable 5) Terri Anne Kelly 6) Akira Kelly 7) Te Aroha Hauku 8) Christine Pauli 9) Therese Aiton 10) Sharna Piccinelli (c) 11) Ellie Johnston 12) Shannon Muru 13) Seli Mailangi Interchange: 14) Nikki Perugini 15) Seneti Kilisimasi 16) Loretta Mailangi 17) Tayla Kafoa 18) Cindy Whiteley 19) Crystal Overton 20) Kyla Gordon Coach – Shane Sultana
In my preview of Saturdays pathways triple header I called the Flegg teams season ‘dismal’ but I am now rethinking that description after our boys came out firing and got a much needed win against a team well above them on the ladder.
Team captain Thomas Giles opened the scoring in the first minute of the game then a double to super talented lock Tallis Duncan and another try to skilful back rower Louis Grossemy made it 4 tries for the home team.
The visitors answered with 4 tries of their own but 4 goals from 4 attempts by star winger Tyrone Munro was the winning difference in the score line.
This Jersey Flegg victory was the first time that close mates Thomas Giles and Lachlan ‘Choc’ Gale have started at front row together this season. The former Australian Schoolboys representatives and Marcellin College students took on a Dragons pack rated the best in the competition and dominated them in the middle. Love your work Tommy & Choc.
Powerhouse Souths winger Izaac Thompson crossed for 2 tries in the first 10 minutes to get his team away to a flying start. The tide then turned with the Magpies scoring 3 tries of their own before a Josh Mansour try made it 3 tries a piece at the half time break.
In the 2nd half another try to Mansour aka ‘The Sauce’ and four pointers to Ben Lovett and Shaquai Mitchell combined with some superb goal kicking by Isaiah Tass was enough to get the chocolates (Darrell Lea of course!).
My co-hosts Darren Brown and Grant Chappell watched most of the action online via the NSWRL live stream on Facebook and they reported that Shaquai Mitchell and Davvy Moale led from up front, Ben Lovett ran some good lines in attack, Isaiah Tass took plenty of strong carries. Pete Mamouzelos and Dean Hawkins had some classy touches too.
Chaps also told me “I’m up at Coffs Harbour watching my daughter play in the Oztag State Cup for the Rabbitohs u9s. Buddy Gordons daughter plays in the same team and he told me that he drove up here to Coffs on Friday to watch his girls first game then flew back on Saturday morning to play at Redfern for the NSW Cup team off the bench then caught the bus back up to Coffs to see his daughter play on Sunday morning.
That’s a 1086km round trip, well done Buddy you’re a great dad.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for Indigenous Round 12 against the Wests Tigers at Accor Stadium to be played this Saturday 28 May at 5:30pm.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Demetriou has named Mark Nicholls to return from injury on the interchange bench. Cameron Murray and try scoring pathways winger Izaac Thompson been included on the extended bench.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs 2022 Indigenous Jersey honours our matriarchs – our mothers and all women. The jersey was designed by Uncle Joe Walker, a proud Wahlabul man, who is designing the Rabbitohs Indigenous jersey for the fifth time in 2022.
Depicted on the jersey is the birthing tree which symbolizes our matriarchs and acknowledges that everything comes from Mother Earth. The players’ totems are featured at the trunk of the tree which symbolizes that everyone is part of the foundation of our communities and that everyone has a role to play in helping the tree to flourish. The totems representing the players are:
• Goanna – Cody Walker (Yuin and Bundjalung) and Latrell and Shaquai Mitchell (Wiradjuri – maternal totem) • Shark – Latrell and Shaquai Mitchell (Biripi – paternal totem) • Crocodile – Alex Johnston (Saibai Island) • Black-tailed Kangaroo – Isaiah Tass (Yuwi) • Whale – Blake Taaffe (Bidjigal)
The red colour on the jersey represents the blood in our veins and red earth we live on and the green represents the natural beauties of our land. The red and green also represents the Rabbitohs and their connection to people right across our countries. The river represents our song lines and individual journeys as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. The circles represent our people coming together as one. Many Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clan groups come together to yarn and share in support of the Rabbitohs. In addition, the Aboriginal and the Torres Strait Islander flags highlight the sleeves of the jersey.
The jersey says we are all part of the Rabbitohs family. We all become one. Round 12 will also be Damien Cook’s 150th NRL game in South Sydney colours. Cook debuted for the Rabbitohs in round one, 2016. He has played 158 NRL games during his career with the Rabbitohs, Bulldogs and Dragons.
The curtain raiser to the NRL fixture will be South Sydney Juniors district A-grade match between two clubs with long-standing ties to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the South Sydney region. The Redfern All Blacks (Gadigal) and La Perouse Panthers (Bidjigal) will kick off at 3:15pm, showcasing some of the best local talent in the South Sydney area.
Gates at Accor Stadium will open at 3pm on Saturday. Pre-match entertainment at Accor Stadium will include a Welcome to Country from Aboriginal Elder Uncle Allan Madden, didgeridoo performances on field and around the concourse from proud Wabanja Gunai and Dunghutti man, Brock Tutt, and proud Gamilaroi man Kaleb Taylor including a rendition of Glory, Glory to South Sydney at run out, and dance performances from The Glen, The Glen for Women and Brolga Dance Academy.
Aboriginal airbrush tattooists and totem colouring-in stations which also be features for kids around the concourse. La Perouse Panthers and Redfern All Blacks will also take to the field for the Mini League matches at half time of the NRL fixture, accompanied by a singing performance from proud Wiradjuri woman, Millie Mills.
The Rabbitohs match day partner for Indigenous Round is 13YARN, the first and only national Indigenous-led crisis helpline, run with the support of Lifeline. The Rabbitohs are one of 13YARN’s first partnerships in Australian sport. If you, or someone you know are feeling worried or no good, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN (139276) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup team will take on the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval on Sunday 29 May at 2pm, with the Rabbitohs Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership side playing at 12pm at the same venue on Sunday. The under 21s Jersey Flegg Cup team will play the Sydney Roosters on Sunday 29 May at 3pm at Waverley Oval.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s Indigenous Round 12 clash with the Tigers 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) Jai Arrow 13) Hame Sele Interchange: 14) Liam Knight 15) Mark Nicholls 16) Siliva Havili 17) Kodi Nikorima 18) Josh Mansour 19) Isaiah Tass 20) Trent Peoples 21) Shaquai Mitchell 22) Dean Hawkins 23) Izaac Thompson 24) Cameron Murray Head Coach – Jason Demetriou
The Rabbitohs NSW Cup squad for Sunday’s match up with the Bears is: 1) Jacob Gagai 2) Josh Mansour 3) Isaiah Tass 4) Jake Tago 5) Izaac Thompson 6) Jack Campagnolo 7) Dean Hawkins 8) Davvy Moale 9) Peter Mamouzelos 10) Shaquai Mitchell 11) James Hasson (c) 12) Maila Chanfoon 13) Hugo PattersonInterchange: 14) Shannon Gardiner 15) Yileen Gordon 16) D’Arcy Hardman 17) Tyson Hodge 18) Nic Mougios 19) Tallis Angianga Coach – Dane Dorahy
The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup squad for Sunday’s game against the Roosters is: 1) Terrell Kalo Kalo 2) Carson Kaho 3) Leon Te Hau 4) Ryan Garner 5) Jake Tobin 6) Dion Teaupa 7) Keahlan Bray 8) Thomas Giles (c) 9) Romano Cook 10) Isaiah Vailalo 11) Ben Lovett 12) Louis Grossemy 13) Tallis Duncan Interchange: 14) Oscar Mezzomo 15) Ben Campagnolo 16) Trent Griffiths 17) Lachlan Gale 18) Marco Moretti 19) Wesley Bruines Coach – Leon Latulipe
The Rabbitohs Women’s team for Sunday’s clash with North Sydney is: 1) Terrie Ann Kelly 2) Brittany Constable 3) Monique Donovan 4) Patricia Raikadroka 5) Stacey Markham 6) Akira Kelly 7) Te Aroha Hapuku 8) Christine Pauli 9) Shirley Mailangi 10) Ellie Johnston 11) Tayla Kafoa 12) Shannon Muru 13) Sharna Piccinelli (c) Interchange: 14) Therese Aiton 15) Moniqca Moale 16) Charlotte Booth 17) Loretta Mailangi 18) Cindy Whiteley 19) Rikka Lamb 20) Nikki Perugini 21) Rachael Pearson Coach – Shane Sultana
The Redfern All Blacks team for Saturday’s curtain raiser at Accor Stadium is: 1) O Shea Tyman 2) Russell Nelson 3) Craig McKenzie 4) Maile Haumono 5) Blake Robert 6) Darcey Moran 7) Malcolm Green 8) Ian Nelson 9) Dean Widders Jr 10) Luciano Svagelli 11) Thomas Johnson 12) Elijah Roberts-Smyth 13) Ezekiel Phillips Interchange: 14) Lochlan Peter-Donahue 15) Ulysses Roberts 16) Dennis Moran 17) Reece Townsend 18) Sebastian Edwards Coach – Paul Davis
The La Perouse Panthers team for Saturday’s game at Accor Stadium is: 1) TJ Speedy-Coe 2) Kazeious Tahere 3) Evan manning 4) Jamie Ingram 5) Cody Pittman-King 6) Izaac Chapman 7) William Last 8) Alan Horsfield 9) Tamati Reihana 10) Mark Thorne 11) Kayde King 12) Quintin Silver 13) Che Hyslop Interchange: 14) Brandon Delamont 15) Andrew Pellegrini 16) Bradley Russell-Davison 17) Brayden Irons 18) Alan Daly
Coach – Rob Longbottom
Latrell Is Back!! Team List Tuesday Rabbitohs v Eels Round 16 –
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.