NRL Round 22 – South Sydney Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers: Has the finals surge begun?

 

 

 

Wests Tigers v South Sydney DRLFC
Scully Park, Tamworth
Friday 28 July, 6.00pm

THE LATE SEASON SURGE: MAY HAVE BEGUN?!

Ninth placed Souths took on the last placed West Tigers in the early Friday game.

Just enough time for a sneaky pie with a difference on the way home – the pizza pie from the Tanunda bakery. My elder daughter is travelling through Europe as we speak, including a stop in Naples. The closest I can get to that magnificent part of the world at present is via Italian inspired food!

A surprisingly good pie.

The sunset at Scully Park for this Tigers home game was a magnificent sight, however Alex Johnston streaking away for an intercept try in the opening moments of the game was even better viewing.

The Tigers hit back with a try to 2014 Souths grand final hooker, Api Koroisau, for the score to be six all early.

Lachlan Ilias, an easy recent target for some keyboard warriors, was heavily involved in both attack and defence, culminating in a clever kick for Koloamatangi’s try.

Souths went into the sheds at half-time leading 20-6.

Some anxious moments, some déjà vu, after half-time as the Tigers hit back with two tries.

At 18-20, the Tigers looked dangerous and there was certainly an edge of the seat vibe in the longue room for Murray Hansen, the golden retriever named after the Souths captain. (See photo below)

Late second half tries to Alex ‘Magic’ Johnston and the captain, Cam Murray, sealed the win.

AJ finished the game with three tries, so see his career tally reach 184.

Only Billy Slater (190) and Ken Irvine (212) are still ahead of Johnston.

Coach Demetriou described the win as ’60 good minutes, 20 minutes to still work on.”

A Friday night win, following a Thursday night loss for the Sombrero, the weekend had started exceptionally well!

Glory, Glory!

 

The Tony Rampling-Les Davidson tackle of the week:

A long overdue inclusion for Origin three, Keon Koloamatangi put some huge early hits on former Blues forward, David Klemmer.

Rampling and Davidson would have both nodded in approval.

 

The Mario Fenech-George Piggins inspirational play of the day:

Welcome back, Latrell – great work in the in-goal, then upfield from the big man:

https://www.nrl.com/news/2023/07/28/welcome-back-latrell/

 

The Michael Andrews work rate award:  The skipper, Cameron Murray, 34 tackles, 155m, scored the last try of the game. Leads by example.  Three points in the Rabbit in the Vineyard Player of the Year for the energetic lock forward.

Worthy to name your golden retriever after!

 

The Phil Blake ‘chip n chase’ best attacking moment:

The skipper’s try in the 75th minute:

https://twitter.com/SSFCRABBITOHS/status/1685206641288134656?s=20

 

After another weekend of topsy-turvy results, including Newcastle winning in Canberra, as well as the Titans’ home win over the Cowboys, Souths finished the weekend in sixth place.

The Leyland Brothers tour now shifts to Perth for Saturday’s clash with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

Full time: South Sydney DRLFC 36 d West Tigers 18.

South Sydney’s points: tries – Johnston 1’, Tass 17,’ Johnston 22’, Koloamatangi 26’, Johnston 65’, Murray 75’. Goals: Latrell 4/6. Half time: South Sydney 20-6 

Crowd: 10, 453 at Scully Park, Tamworth.

 

Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMRxzIDFpX0

 

Round 22 R.I.T.V. player of the year points:

3- Cam Murray

2- Jai Arrow

1 – Alex Johnston

 

PROGRESSIVE R.I.T.V. PLAYER OF THE YEAR POINTS – LEADER BOARD:

12: Campbell Graham  

10: Hame Sele, Cody Walker and Keon Koloamatungi

9: Jai Arrow, Blake Taaffe and Junior Tetola

8: Cam Murray and Latrell Mitchell

6: Lachlan Ilias

5: Thomas Burgess

4: Alex Johnston, Damien Cook and Davvy Moale

3: Isaiah Tass

2: Savili Havili, and Taane Milne

1: Tyrone Munro and Shaqai Mitchell

 

 

Edge of the seat stuff
Murray, the golden retriever, named after the Souths captain, taking in the win over the Tigers

 

The Rabbit in the Vineyard, Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, South Australia

 

 

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 PB 10.24secs) 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.  

 

 

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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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