Almanac Rugby League: “Ruck infringement, six again” – six Souths’ bye round comments


  1. Origin: Game three in Sydney, four Souths players in the Blues line-up, including Keon Koloamatangi on debut, and the recalled Cody Walker. Cam Murray started and had a whale of a game.

Damien Cook combined well with his club captain, as well as Cody.

Cody was named player of the match.

As a wise man wrote in the lead up, Origin clean sweeps are difficult to come by.

However, Wednesday night was a ‘win-win’ for a rusted on Souths member, born in Kingaroy, Queensland.

Well done, Queensland, another series win, well played Souths boys!

And no injuries!


  1. Thursday night: U/19 NSW v Qld: a 32-14 win for the Blues at Dolphins Stadium, Redcliffe.

Latrell’s cousin, Souths Flegg player Ethan Ferguson scored a magic try for the Blues.


  1. On the surge: The North Queensland Cowboys

 The boys from rugby league heartland, Townsville, gave the Bunnies a 31-6 touch up in Round 17.

They currently sit in 9th place, on equal points with Souths.

Granted, the Cows have had two byes in this period, however, since Round 14, the rampant lads from the north have not lost, and have had wins over the Storm, Penrith, Souths, Tigers (74-0) and Manly.

Scott Drinkwater, another fullback who plays in a different way to Latrell, has been on fire.


  1. I (still!) love ABC Grandstand!

 Frosty mornings here in the beautiful Barossa, and sunny days.

A few hours in the yard, a few hours in the shed with the ABC listen app connecting me to the NRL.

Andrew Moore, Luke Lewis, Matt Elliott, John Gibbs, Quentin Hull, Billy Moore, Dennis Carnihan’s song of the week, Christopher’s corner.



  1. Souths:

Heading into Round 21, and a tough game against the top of the table Broncos on the Sunshine Coast, followed by the Leyland Brothers tour of Australia: encompassing Tamworth, Perth, Cairns, and Newcastle, we sit in eighth place, ten wins, eight losses.

Latrell is back on Friday night – he has not played since the 16-36 loss to Parramatta in Round 12.

The Cowboys play Parramatta on Saturday night in Townsville.

It’s Round 21: time to restart the season, tackle, or kiss the season goodbye.


  1. Netflix: Great to be on two weeks end of semester break.

Not two sports I follow closely, however a colleague recommended the Le Bron James movie Shooting Stars.

 A great story about mateship and a group of young men sticking together.




Then, very surprisingly, I’m now loving the eight part Netflix documentary series Quarterback.




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About Russel Hansen

Russel Hansen Has worked in schools for over thirty years – as a teacher, coach, coach educator, sports coordinator and in pastoral care roles. Whilst at Brisbane Boys’ College as Director of Athletics, he led teams to six GPS premierships in track and field, and cross country. He has coached at all levels from school to international, most recently coaching a lad (100m personal best 10.34secs) to the Australian U/20 4x100m relay squad for the 2022 world U/20 championships. He is married to Heidi, a Primary school principal, and is father to two adult daughters. Twitter: @Russel_Hansen

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