NRL Round 5 – South Sydney v Melbourne Storm: April Fools Day Report

 

 

 

South Sydney DRLFC v Melbourne
Olympic Stadium, Homebush
Friday 31 March, 8:00pm

The morning after the night before. I am in Brisvegas (Brisbane), my home from 1991-January 2023.

National athletics championships and visiting my daughters.

Fortunately, a couple of very welcome distractions from the utter frustration and disappointment of Souths’ 32nd loss from 38 games versus the original wrestlers.

The highlight of game day was the beautiful, respectful memorial service for John Sattler on the Gold Coast. What a great live stream to tune into.

No game day pie review.

I find the Storm a difficult team to watch. Slowing down the ruck, standing offside.

 I do rate Bellamy as a coach. One of the most gifted schoolboy athletes I have ever seen, Jack Howarth, Brisbane Boys’ College old boy, is on their books. As he was as a fifteen-year-old. However, the niggle, the twists, the leg pulls, it all does my head in.

As does the most lop-sided match up in the NRL.

However, if, as the pre-season talk focused on, Souths are going to progress from being a consistent top four team, to genuine premiership contenders, we simply have to be better against teams like Penrith and the Storm.

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The Mario Fenech-George Piggins inspirational play of the match: Davvy Moale’s huge hit in the first half. The young lad’s perfect, driving one-on-one technique brought back memories of the Campbells Chunky Tackle segment on the old Sunday Footy Show. No doubt, Steve Blocker Roach would have loved the tackle.

The Tony Rampling-Les Davidson tackle of the match: Twenty-year-old Davvy Moale’s hit (see above)

The Michael Andrews-Luke Stuart work rate award: Take a bow, Thomas Burgess. In a game where, surprise, surprise, the Storm dominated, the big man ran for 218m.

The Phil Blake ‘chip n chase’ best attacking moment: A rare moment of involvement from Latrell Mitchell: the player several experts tipped to win this year’s Dally M award, was in the back line for a change, and with silky hands laid on a try for the consistent Campbell Graham. If only our much hyped, highly paid ‘game breaker’ would involve himself more often. Much more often.

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Phil Lutton on twitter: “Feels kinda weird that a discussion about moving Mitchell (from fullback, to the centres, his NSW Origin position) is almost taboo. Would he even make the NSW 17 on form at the moment? Will die on this hill: He is the best centre in the game playing out of position.”

Phil, I am joining you on that hill.

Souths slump to thirteenth on the ladder 2 wins – 3 losses, and to the Good Friday clash with the resurgent Bulldogs in round six.

Full time: Melbourne 18 d South Sydney 10

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South Sydney’s next month: Dolphins (Away), our other hoodoo team, Penrith (Home), the undefeated Broncos, with Souths legend Adam Reynolds on fire (Away), then, in magic round in Brisbane, the Storm (Away).

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R.I.T.V. player of the year points:
3 – Cameron Murray
2 –  Thomas Burgess
1 – Davvy Moale

PROGRESSIVE POINTS – LEADER BOARD:

6: Lachlan Ilias
5: Campbell Graham & Keon Kolomatangi
3: Cameron Murray, Isaiah Tass
2: Damien Cook, Thomas Burgess
1: Davvy Moale, Shaqai Mitchell, Cody Walker & Tevita Tetola

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 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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