NRL Round 5 – Rabbit in the Vineyard: Take a look at yourself





South Sydney v NZ Warriors
Sydney Olympic Stadium
Saturday 6 April, 3.00pm.


In Wayne Bennett’s 2008 book The Man in the Mirror * there is an adaptation of Peter Dale Wimbrow’s poem ‘The Guy in the Glass’. The adaptation reads as follows:


The Man in the Mirror

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Then go to your mirror and look at yourself
And see what the man has to say.

For it isn’t your father, or your mother or wife
Whose judgement of you – you must pass.
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life,
Is the guy staring back from the glass.

He’s the man you must please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear up to the end.
And you’ve passed your most difficult and dangerous test
When the man in the glass is your friend.

You may be like another and chisel a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful guy.
But the man in the glass says you are only a bum.
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

You can fool the whole world, down the pathway of years,
And get pats on your back as you pass.
But the final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you have cheated the man in the glass.


For this South Sydney member, I can only hope that all at the club are taking a good, long, hard look at themselves. From the CEO to the cleaners.


South Sydney’s points: Try: Thompson 6’. Goals: Mitchell 0/1.

Full time: NZ Warriors 34 defeated South Sydney 4. Half-time NZ Warriors 18-4.

Sin bin: Latrell fortunate to not be sin-binned in the first half for 1) elbow, and/or 2) lifting tackle.


Souths line up: Latrell, Thompson, Wighton, Tass, Milne, Walker, Hawkins, Tetola, Cook, Burgess, Koloamatangi, Host, Murray (capt.), res: Chee Kam, Duncan, Keppie, Mamouzelos.


(Warriors) highlights:

NRL 2024 | Rabbitohs v Warriors | Match Highlights (


Press conference: seemingly, Jason Demetriou’s penultimate presser:

‘We were just fatigued…’: Souths drop to bottom of the ladder after a lacklustre loss | Fox League (


Rabbit in the Vineyard 2024 Player of the Year points: Wighton 3, Murray 2, Milne 1

Progressive points:

Murray 9, Wighton 6, Koloamatangi & Cook 3, Burgess & Havili 2, Moale, Gagai, Hawkins, S Mitchell, Milne 1.

2023 inaugural winner: Cameron Murray

2023: Pie of the year winner: ‘The Angaston’ (C&M Bakery)


Barossa Red Wine of the Week:

Kalleske Greenock Shiraz

2022 Greenock Shiraz – Kalleske Wines

Honourable mention (it was a heavy loss) :

Grant Burge Fifth Generation Barossa Shiraz 2021

Fifth Generation Barossa Shiraz | Grant Burge Wines


* Wayne Bennett with Steve Crawley, The Man in the Mirror (Harper Collins, 2009).

To read more about Peter Dale Wimbrow click HERE.


Russel Hansen, South Sydney football club diamond member 6199, lives in Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, South Australia. His golden retriever, Murray, is named after the South Sydney captain. Twitter/X: @Rabbit in the Vineyard @Russel_Hansen



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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


  1. Ian Hauser says

    I can understand the need for a second red this week, Russel. Console yourself with this thought: When your team is running 17th in the NRL, the only way is up.

    The rumour mill isn’t helping either. If Mr Crow and Co are going to make a move, especially if there’s another loss this weekend, then make it quick, for everyone’s sake.

  2. Mickey Randall says

    Very nice Russel. Greenock offers fine things and Kalleske is one along with the brewery, pub and Schulters Wines. This hamlet was once an inconvenience but is now a tremendous destination. Always enjoy your reports and especially the viticultural and baked goods reviews.

  3. Russel Hansen says

    many thanks Mickey, appreciate the feedback and encouragement. Yes, Greenock: my wife (Tanunda born, due to the hospital, definitely a ‘Nuri’ girl!) says same thing about Greenock – back in the day, the village was looked down on, however very different nowadays! Best steak sandwich I’ve had since we moved here: definitely the Greenock Hotel! & the brewery: proved a great spot to watch the Tour Down Under earlier in the year.

  4. John Harms says


    Tough times for Rabbits. Untippable.

    May I suggest Publican Paul Rice’s steak sandwich at the Valley Hotel Tanunda. $20 which includes a pint of ale.

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