NRL Round 25 – South Sydney Rabbitohs v Newcastle Knights: The Late Season Surge Update: ‘Back on hold’

 

 

 

Newcastle v South Sydney DRLFC
Hunter Stadium
Sunday 20 August, 2:00pm

 

RIP Kyle Turner

The weekend started with the shock news surrounding the sudden passing of 2014 premiership player, Rabbitoh number 1100, Kyle Turner.

Kyle was 31 years old.

Turner played six seasons for South Sydney, 2014-2019, 91 NRL games, including the 2014 Grand Final win over Canterbury-Bankstown.

https://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/players/kyle-turner/summary.html

 

The Late Season Surge Update: ‘Back on hold’

Souths retired Kyle Turner’s Grand Final playing number – 15 – for the crucial Sunday afternoon, sold out clash with the in-form Newcastle Knights.

2014 Premiership captain and games record holder, John Sutton, now a part of the coaching staff, was understandably emotional as he placed the number 15 jersey on one of the chairs on the reserves bench.

Newcastle, fresh from six straight wins, played like a team full of confidence to score three first half tries, to lead 12-nil at half-time.

To summarise the first half: Newcastle attacked Souths’ right side, where the sometimes maligned winger Taane Milne tends to rush in, leaving a saloon passage for his opposite number. Newcastle winger Marzhew had a hat trick before half-time. By contrast, when defending, Newcastle were aggressive, defended from sideline to sideline, pushing Souths attackers over white paint on several occasions.

A half-time call from Rob Bush, where we failed to come up with any solutions to the world’s problems, nor Souths form since Round 12, meant we were ready for a possible second half revival, given a win would secure a semi-final spot.

Cook scored a clever try off the back of a scrum just after half-time.

In what would unfortunately symbolise Souths day, and our superstar representative centre playing fullback in clubland, Latrell inexplicably missed the conversion of Cook’s try from in front of the posts.

Latrell’s brother Shaquai, the polar opposite of his younger sibling, meaning he just does his job on the field in a workmanlike way, scored his first NRL try.

A deserved moment for this hard-working club man.

Any hope of a belated Souths comeback was snuffed out by Newcastle’s strong running, support play and rugged defence, much to the delight of their delirious home fans.

Souths began to push passes, mistakes increased, and the usual suspects grew frustrated.

Latrell’s afternoon ended early when he was sent to the sin bin in the 79th minute.

Newcastle scored six tries to two, for a dominant win.

Souths have the bye this week where we may start favourite but, given our form since Round 12, the bye is a big chance.

The Sombrero await to sink the final knife into our season that promised so much, in the last round.

Souths will have everything to play for on Friday week, just as they did yesterday.

Something is clearly not right at Redfern (or, more accurately, at the Heffron Centre of Excellence, Maroubra).

 

NSW Cup:

In complete contrast to the Souths NRL side, the Souths NSW Cup side, continued their strong late season form with a great come from behind win over Newcastle.

They seem to be a cohesive, happy unit.

The Souths reggies have now won five on the trot to sit second on the ladder.

After trailing 4-16 at half time, Souths put together a strong second half to win 26-16, with Tyrone Munro and Davvy Moale scoring doubles.

With the Souths NRL side struggling to recapture their early season form when they were on top of the ladder and premiership favourites, the NSW Cup team, by contrast, look great at this time of the year.

 

The Tony Rampling-Les Davidson tackle of the week:

No contenders this week.

 

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

Rookie forward Tallis Duncan continues to impress.

If the rumours of dressing room unrest are accurate, young Tallis seems oblivious to it all and is (thankfully) just going about his business.

 

The Michael Andrews work rate award: 

Damien Cook played well in a soundly beaten team, both in attack and defence.

His try was well worked, he made some great metres from dummy-half, and got through his usual mountain of defence.

 

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

Shaquai Mitchell’s first NRL try.

Richly deserved.

 

Full time:  Newcastle 29 d South Sydney DRLFC 10

South Sydney’s points: tries – Cook 43’, S Mitchell 66’. Goals: Latrell 1/2. Sin Bin: Latrell 79’. Half time: Newcastle 12-0

 

Crowd: 29,018. Hunter Stadium, Newcastle.

 

Remaining 2023 games:   

Round 26 BYE

Round 26 v Eastern Suburbs Friday 1 September, Sydney Olympic Stadium, 8pm

 

Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRQMO0KwPfA

 

NSW cup highlights

https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2023/08/20/nsw-cup-highlights–knights-v-rabbitohs—round-25/

 

Round 23 R.I.T.V. player of the year points:

3- Damien Cook

2- Tallis Duncan

1 – Shaquai Mitchell

 

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

12: Campbell Graham

11: Jai Arrow and Cameron Murray

10: Hame Sele, Cody Walker and Keon Koloamatungi

9: Blake Taaffe and Junior Tetola

8: Latrell Mitchell

7: Damien Cook

6: Lachlan Ilias

5: Shaquai Mitchell, Alex Johnston and Thomas Burgess

4: Isaiah Tass, and Davvy Moale

3: Tallis Duncan

2: Savili Havili, and Taane Milne

1: Tyrone Munro

 

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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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

Comments

  1. roger lowrey says

    Very sad to read suggestions of internal club friction Russel.

    It’s hard enough to win with all the ducks lining up correctly but infinitely harder if they’re not.

    BTW, I had a passing giggle at the bye being in good form!

    RDL

  2. Russel Hansen says

    Roger

    I am struggling to call what used to be Twitter, “X” !!

    There were many suggestions through the comments on “X” regarding: there being a divide over the lack of involvement (on many levels) of the star fullback, the 5/8th not wanting the current halfback in the team, the coaching staff not being on the same page, and so on.

    How accurate are these comments? I do not know.

    However, something seems to be wrong at Souths.

    Thanks for reading my blog!

    R.I.T.V.

  3. Peter Fuller says

    Russell, Long-time lurker on your reports, first-time poster.
    My father was a Newcastle boy and man, and played League in the 2nd City. However, he also played reserve grade with the Rabbitohs, so on his account I have a foot of sorts in both camps, although I definitely consider myself a Knights supporter. Dad was exiled to Victoria after his World War II service, and while he was never entirely reconciled to his fate, his interest in sport meant that he encouraged us in Aussie Rules, bowing to the inevitable. He actually had a small role in setting up a community rugby league team in the 1970s, which may have kept a very dim flame alight until the coming of the Storm (which long post-dated his death).
    Ian Hauser will confirm my near total ignorance of the nuances of the game, but I follow the Knights’ progress (usually its lack of), and I’ve watched their revival this year with a mixture of joy and disbelief.
    A past highlight was at the Almanac 2015 book launch, when I was garbed in my Newcastle windcheater, celebrating the singular achievement of my teams’ claiming the wooden spoon in NRL and AFL.
    I’m not sure how far Newcastle and Carlton will survive, but I’m on board for the ride wherever it takes us. Far from keeping the lid on, it has been completely discarded, chucked over the back fence.
    Good luck to the Bunnies, as they try to resolve whatever ails them.

  4. Russel Hansen says

    Hi Peter

    Thank you for reading my posts, and this comment!

    Newcastle: certainly a rugby league heartland, and for Souths people, the area legends like Clive Churchill and John Sattler came from.

    Certainly no shortage of drama at the club since Sunday, Sam Burgess getting an ‘early mark’ .. the bottom line, that the coach seems to refer to as ‘it is what it is’, Souths, after leading the comp, have won 4 of their last 12 games .

    All the best

    Rabbit in the Vineyard

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